Local young people speak out about issues important to them
3 July 2019Pupils from across west Cheshire have joined together, for the fifth year running, to help professionals working with children and young people gain an understanding into the issues that affect them.
Peer pressure, consent, equality and diversity and mental health were just some of the topics highlighted at the Young Person’s Conference which took place at Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port. The Oaklands School choir, from Winsford, sang at the event and young people from schools in Winsford, who are part of the Council’s Poverty Truth commission, presented their play about living with poverty.
The event, organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Safeguarding Children in Education team, provides professionals with information about how young people would like to be supported around each of the subjects being discussed.
Children and young people from across the borough have the opportunity to share their thoughts, views and experiences around the topics that are important to them. Following their presentations they get to sit down with the professionals attending to discuss each subject in more detail.
The event was opened by the council’s Director of Education, Mark Parkinson, and Councillor Nicole Meardon gave the closing address.
Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Councillor Nicole Meardon said: “This event provides young people from across the borough with a brilliant opportunity to speak to the professionals that are there to support them. I love hearing pupil’s views on the subjects that are important to them and I’ve learnt something new every year that I’ve attended.
“We want every child and young person to get the best start in life and this event gives them the opportunity to help shape services to ensure they are provided with the support that they really need.”
Pupils from eight local primary, special and secondary schools were joined by a range of professionals including members of the Council’s Early Help and Prevention team, Special Educational Needs team, Safeguarding Children Partnership and staff from the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Pupil’s comments from the event included - “It was inspirational” and “I enjoyed the poverty trust performance. It’s inspired me to look at my friendships.”
Dee Point Primary School pupils with Cooper the therapy dog at the 2019 Young Person’s Conference