Public Services students join in with ‘Big Conversation’ for Youth Crime Commission

Back in September, four of our second year Level 3 Public Services students, Chloe Williams, Connor Taylor, Lauren Zagorski and Jacob Feetham were selected to be part of a county-wide panel of just 20 young people to represent the North Yorkshire Youth Crime Commission on Police and Crime.

The NYPYCC allows young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan.

The commission’s volunteers carried out a ‘Big Conversation’ comprising of consultation events at colleges, youth clubs and other venues across the county, including Selby College, in order to gather the views of more than 1,500 young people. The co-ordination team came into college back in December to gain student viewpoints on three topical areas: Abusive Relationships; Missing Young People & Exploitation and Drugs & Alcohol.


Following on from these discussions, in April, two of the Selby College student representatives, Jacob and Connor, were given a brilliant opportunity to deliver a presentation at the ‘Big Conversation’ Conference about how the panel has been listening to young people across the county to help advise police on how relationships and services for young people can be improved.

Julia Mulligan and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain were in attendance at the forum, as well as a wide range of senior North Yorkshire Police officers, community police officers and volunteers so this was a big deal for the Public Service students to get involved! Well done!

The Youth Commission comprises of up to 30 young people who are team players and willing to get involved. They are from a diverse group of young people who broadly reflect the make-up of the local population, including those who may have direct experience of the police and the criminal justice system. Anyone aged between 14 and 25 years, and living with the North Yorkshire policing area is eligible to apply to become a member of the Youth Commission.

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Published: Thursday 17 May 2018