|Officers from Ofsted had been invited to the meeting by the Chair, following a presentation at the British Youth Council (BYC) event in October 2014 regarding how they could engage with young people. This was the first youth assembly meeting that they had attended across the region. |
Ofsted were interested in engaging with young people to inform the development of their policies and inspections. It was noted that they hold regular meetings with the Council to discuss the progress of schools within the borough. However, Ofsted were mindful that these meetings were not an effective way to gather the views of and relate information to young people. Ofsted had attended the BYC events to discuss engaging with young people at a national level, but felt that it was also important to engage at a local level too.
The SYA discussed how local youth assemblies could help by getting regular reports from Ofsted and sharing these with the school councils that youth assembly members represent. Views and comments from school councils could then be feed back via the youth assembly meetings. It was agreed that the SYA would pilot this method of engagement with Ofsted.
|There were no Declarations of Interest declared.|
|Members of the SYA considered the minutes of the meeting held on 18th November 2014.|
|The SYA had invited officers from the Community Safety Team to present and discuss anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crime. |
Officers noted that between April - December 2014 there were 105 violent offences in Stockton High Street linked to socialising and drinking, 37 violent offences in Yarm High Street, and 18 violent offences in Norton High Street. In total, 36% of all violent offences in Stockton Town Centre ward were committed whilst under the influence, and 50% of all violence in Yarm ward linked to misuse of alcohol, with nearly all linked to socialising in and around the High Street area.
In relation to alcohol misuse linked to crime, the data showed that 28% of all violence had alcohol/and or drugs recorded as an aggravating factor. Further research also showed that of the violent offences that were domestic related, nearly half (45%) were alcohol related. Alongside this, 35% of all detected crimes, with the indicator of under the influence alcohol/and or drugs were linked to males aged between 18-25 years, followed by 26-33 aged group (29%).
Alcohol related hospital admissions in Stockton borough had increased by 22% between 2007 and 2013, which was similar to neighbouring local authorities. In North East alcohol related admission in the same period had increased by 20.1% and the national average increase of admissions was 32.4%. North Tees PCT recorded a total of 5,174 hospital admissions between October 2011 and Sept 2012 on alcohol-related diagnosis codes. Targeted improvement activity resulted in admissions falling by 4.3% compared to 2010/11 figures.
Alcohol related crime and disorder was chosen as a priority by 42% of all respondents in the 2013 Crime and Disorder Audit and was therefore kept as a priority for the Safer Stockton Partnership (SSP) in the revised Community Safety Plan that was implemented in April 2014. An Alcohol action plan was also implemented in 2014, based on needs assessment that identified the main concerns for Stockton. The plan was monitored by SSP and the Stockton Health and Well Being Board. The Council also contribute to the regional Alcohol Crime and Disorder Group which was coordinated by an organisation called Balance.
Officers presented a quiz regarding the effects of alcohol on people's health and common misconceptions regarding alcohol. The Community Safety Team used the quiz when talking to young people in schools. SYA member also had the opportunity to wear googles that mirrored the effects of alcohol and attempt to walk, heel to heel, in a straight line.
SYA members asked what the Community Safety Team were doing to tackle young people abusing alcohol. Officers noted that they presented information and activities to large groups in school and colleges, as well as more tailored sessions for targetted groups in schools where it was known that young people were using alcohol. They also held brief one to one intervention sessions and put young people in touch with treatment services to help with alcohol abuse.
|SYA Members received a presentation regarding the progress of the consultation on school nursing. In September/November 2013 the Public Health Team attended the Borough-Wide Debate and the first SYA meeting to discuss school nursing and mental and emotional health and wellbeing. This information was fed into the consultation.|
The consultation found that young people were unclear how to access services or what service offers. The main things that young people said they wanted were:
*More advice and support on mental health, smoking, drugs and alcohol, and healthy eating
*To talk to professionals, but not teachers
*Health advice and support from schools nurses
*Easy and flexible access to school nurses e.g. drop-ins and emails
*Professionals to be approachable, supportive and non judgemental, caring and helpful
The current school nursing service was focussed on young people with more complex needs, however following the consultation it was felt that the service needed to be focussed on preventing ill health and wellbeing of all young people. The school nursing service had therefore been redesigned and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust would be providing the service in schools from April 2015.
Schools would be grouped together in "clusters" and there would be a named school nurse for each cluster. The school nurse would spend time in each school in their cluster and offer a mix of appointments and drop-in sessions for young people to see them. More resources would be put into areas where there were high levels of need, e.g. obesity, mental health issues etc. It was not possible for school nurses to deliver all services young people could need by themselves, therefore they woud make referrals to other services available.
It was noted that the SYA's input was crucial in redesigning the school nursing service and the officer from the Public Health Team thanked the SYA members for their valuable contribution.
|A report was presented regarding the work of the Task and Finish Group that met on 13 January to discuss how the Children and Young People Partnership could engage with young people.|
Six Members attended the Task and Finish Group meeting, along with officers representing:
Policy, Performance and Engagement
Youth Direction / Children & Young People Services
The task and finish group began by discussing the topics and issues they believe to the priorities for young people and considered the best way to engage with young people on these and other topics. The suggestions spilt into two areas: traditional methods of engaging with young people which included schools and different types of clubs, and non-traditional methods, e.g. the use of social media etc. The group believed that more young people could be reached by using social media and Twitter and Facebook were identified as the most used sites.
The Task and Finish Group also noted that it was important to use words and phrases that young people use when consulting, and suggested that only one short question should be asked at a time. The group felt that the name Stockton Youth Assembly was not appealing to young people too.
The Task and Finish Group agreed to trial the use of Twitter to engage with young people. Two members volunteered open a general Twitter account and creating a debate by tweeting the following questions, using the hashtag #speaktosam.
Do you know who Stockton Youth Assembly is?
Do you think they have done enough for young people in Stockton Town Centres rejuvenation? #speaktosam
The other members of the Task and Finish Group, along with the officers present, would act as Champions by retweeting the questions. To promote the trial and allow for those who are not on social media to participate, posters and boxes would be placed in youth clubs for comments. SYA members were asked to support the trial by retweeting the questions, and details of the Twitter account would be circulated when it had been set up.
The results, including how many people viewed the tweet and the responses received, would be reported to the Children and Young People Partnership at their next meeting in March.
|The Team Leader for Electoral Services and Scrutiny gave an update on the upcoming Youth Parliament elections. |
Thirteen schools had registered to take part in the elections and the deadline for forwarding candidate nominations and photographs was Friday 23 January. The election would take place week commencing 9 February, and there would be a central count with all candidate present at Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library on Friday 13 February.
|The SYA considered a report regarding British Youth Council at Tyne Metropolitan College, Wallsend, which three SYA members attended on Saturday 6th December. |
At the convention young people in the room who had attended the UKYP Houses of Parliament sitting were given a chance to discuss the issues that they had debated, these were Votes at 16, Mental health and Living wage. There was also a presentation by Francesca Wright on Make our Rights Reality, a young peoples manifesto on rights and advice services. A key consultation on current issue of reforms on voting took place, and attends had an opportunity to ask questions regarding this.
The Hartlepool MYP Shay Miah was given the Prime Ministers Points of light award for engaging young people in getting the most make your mark ballot papers. The Youth on Board Awards were also given out celebrating North East achievements.
There were a number of workshops on the afternoon, Getting more involved in BYC Town planning, Show racism the red card and Young minds and attendees had an opportunity to attend two of these.
|The SYA received their end of term report which summarised the work that they had carried since the first Borough-wide Debate took place on 30 September 2013. |
It was noted that the SYA had achieved a huge amount of work in the two year period, shaping council services for the future, debating future needs, and ensuring that that young people's voice was heard. This included their contribution to:
The development of a Sport and Leisure programme for young people
The design of Stockton Borough Councils new website.
The development of the Community Safety Team questionnaire to take into schools
The Police and Crime Panel Task and Finish Groups review to explore the work carried out by the Police and Community Safety in Schools.
SYA members had also undertaken a host of activities designed to build their confidence and develop new skills, including participation at British Youth Council events and activities, and completing the BYC Youth Voice Award.
Copies of the report would be sent to all schools, sixth forms and colleges across the borough, and also youth clubs, Eastern Ravens Trust etc. to promote the SYA members work. Following the MYP election in February, appointments for representatives to the SYA would be sought.
|The Forward Plan was noted, with all actions being completed.|