West Midlands PCC – Youth Commissioners

Published Tuesday, 08 June 2021

There are 16 vacancies on the Youth Commission, could you be interested?

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Youth Commissioners are young people between the ages of 13-18, elected by their peers in each of the local authority areas of the west midlands. They serve a two year term.

The role of the Youth Commissioner:

  • Lead on the Police & Crime Commissioners consultation with young people on the Commissioners Police and Crime Plan, monitoring of priorities and police responses to young people.
  • Be the voice of young people and represent their views on the Youth Commission. Young people will have the opportunity to speak directly with the Police and Crime Commissioner, senior and neighbourhood Police Officers and key decision makers.
  • Engage and consult with other young people in their local communities and listen to their views.
  • Be able to question, challenge and inform policy.
  • Help to build relationships and break down barriers that exist between the police and young people in the community.
  • Raise the profile of young people with the community in a positive way.

What do we need from you?

As an organisation

As the experts in your local area working with young people, we would like you to encourage and highlight young people to become the next Youth Commissioners. Your role is to support young people in filling in an application form and assist in shortlisting with the OPCC. Applications will include a short biography and statement on how they hope to contribute and achieve in the role of Youth Commissioner. Finally, the successful candidates will benefit from your support network whilst managing their new roles.

As a Youth Commissioner Candidate

As a Youth Commissioner, young people will need to commit to 2 years of service which will include regular contact with your local Police team to share the views of young people. To be available for an Induction workshop, 5 scheduled Youth Commission meetings or equivalent events and the annual Youth Summit. Currently meetings are online. When we return to face to face meetings, travel expenses can be claimed to and from Lloyd House, Birmingham, B4 6NQ. Most importantly the Youth Commissioner needs to be adaptable, approachable and willing to learn new things whilst supporting their community.

Eligible young people

Due to the expectations for the candidates shown above, we want to be sure that the young person elected is able to manage the demand of the role. Having considered the elements of confident speaking, personal travel and length of term, we believe that strong candidates between the ages of 13- 18 would be best placed to offer a committed role.

These young people will need to demonstrate a desire to support and advocate on behalf of others and to become knowledgeable around relevant policy; including the new PCC’s manifesto.

Young people should be passionate and confident speakers, looking to develop not only their interpersonal skills but their own leadership qualities and experience in the world of democracy and advocacy. The benefits of becoming a Youth Commissioner are vast, the breadth of experience and knowledge gained both personally and academically can support applications into further education and future career opportunities.

We know young people would like to see people who look like themselves amongst their elected representatives. We are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from everyone and we offer a guaranteed interview scheme to those with disabilities

Number of vacancies

Neighbourhood Policing Area ( NPU)

Number of vacancies

Birmingham East

2

Birmingham West

2

Coventry

2

Dudley

2

Sandwell

2

Solihull

2

Walsall

2

Wolverhampton

2

Application process

Candidates wishing to apply for one of the roles of Youth Commissioner, should complete an application form. You can request an application form from: [email protected] Strong candidates will be able to quote a youth led organisation that they already attend. Shortlisting will be carried out with the co-operation of these local organisations who already support you.

Timeline

  • Closing date for applications: 18 June, 5pm.
  • Shortlisting of applications: will take place week commencing 25 June
  • Online voting period: Two weeks: 28 June to 12 July
  • New Youth Commissioners announced: week commencing 12 July
  • Induction Youth Commission Meeting: Tuesday 9 August or 23 August to be confirmed

Contact details

Mary Jacobs [email protected].

Further information:

Coventry City Council