The Chair welcomed
representatives of the Youth Council to the meeting. The members of
the Youth Council introduced their annual report.
The City of
Wolverhampton Youth Council was an organisation run by young people
for young people. The Youth Council aimed to represent the views of
young people, challenge negative stereotypes and promote
The Youth Council
worked with other organisations in Wolverhampton, helped to develop
campaigns and acted as a platform for young people to express their
views to decision makers.
The last 12 months
had been a period of change for the Youth Council. The City Council
had continued to support the work it did alongside internal
There had been
successful elections in 2015 and the Youth Council had followed the
same style of recruitment in 2016, allowing schools and voluntary
sector groups to select two candidates each in internal elections
which had resulted in representation from 18 schools and groups
across the city. These new Youth Councillors had attended an
extensive induction at the end of 2016, and were enjoying their new
The Chair of the
Youth Council asked the Panel Members what they thought about
giving the vote to 16 and 17 year olds; the Panel was generally in
favour of this.
The Panel queried
why the Youth Council was struggling to recruit members in the
north east of the City and whether there was anything that the
Council could do to help. Members of the Youth Council stated that
in most cases they were able to recruit new members due to personal
collections so any links that Councillors had with schools or staff
or students would be most welcome.
The Panel also
queried what feedback had been received from CAMHS. The Panel agreed that they would invite Fred
Gravestock form CAMHS to the meeting the next time that an update
was received form the Youth Council.
Resolved: That the next time the
Youth Council attend a meeting of the Scrutiny Board, Fred
Gravestock from CAMHS also be invited to attend.