Young people have their say at local conference
16 June 2016For the second year running pupils from across West Cheshire have joined together to help professionals working with children and young people gain an insight into the issues that affect them.
Online safety, peer pressure and mental health were just some of the topics highlighted at the Young Person’s Conference which took place last Friday (10 June).
Pupils from seven local primary, special and secondary schools were joined by the Cheshire West Youth Senate, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Forum Housing at the conference at Cheshire Police HQ in Winsford.
The event, jointly organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Safeguarding Children in Education team and Cheshire Police Safer Schools and Young Persons Partnership, aims to provide professionals with details about how young people would like to be supported around each of the topics being discussed.
The event was opened by Gill Frame, LSCB Independent Chair and closed by Kathy Cowell, High Sherriff, who also presented all of the children and young people that took part with certificates for their hard work.
Elizabeth Lea, 11, from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Winsford, said: “I’ve really enjoyed all the presentations from the different schools.
“I’ve learnt a lot because each team didn’t just talk about issues, they showed how they can affect young people.
“Everyone here today has given lots of reasons why we must raise awareness of these issues amongst young people and professionals.”
Councillor Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “The conference is a great opportunity for young people to have a say on issues that are important to them.
“One of our priorities is to ensure that all of our children and young people are supported to get the best start in life. This event ensures we share their experiences with the professionals that provide the support they need.”
Pupils from Dee Point Primary School in Chester (left to right) Hassen Rugiero, Elsie Byrne, Elise Jones and Louise Broadbent prepare to present at the Young Person’s Conference.