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Derbyshire Youth Council

Derbyshire Youth Council is made up of 37 young people from across the county in secondary and special schools, support centres, colleges and children in care.

Each youth councillor is able to have their say on things that affect young people, making their views known to top-level-decision-makers and influencing big decisions.

Role of a youth councillor

Youth councillors represent young people from their own schools and communities - you can chat to them about any issues you feel strongly about and want to change.

Local councillors and MPs listen to the youth council's views and take them into account when they're creating new policies and plans for young people's services.

In the past, youth councillors have:

  • worked closely with our elected members and officers
  • discussed young people's issues with government ministers
  • spoken in the House of Commons
  • played a key role in promoting young people's issues across the East Midlands
  • served on the Derbyshire Children's Partnership Board
  • supported the Locality Children's Partnerships with their action planning
  • taken part in meetings, conferences, events, consultations and visits

During their meeting in March 2018 youth council members worked on their priorities and actions for the coming year. The 3 campaign themes for the next 12 months will be:

  • keep children safe
  • a curriculum to prepare us for life
  • emotional health and wellbeing

These priorities are reviewed at the meeting in March 2019.


Meetings, with lunch included, are held on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm at:

Polygon Youth Centre
Church Street
DE55 7AH

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to know how your local youth councillors are supporting these campaigns email:

UK Youth Parliament

Derbyshire Youth Council is involved in the annual UK Youth Parliament ballot called 'Make your Mark'. Every year the UK Youth Parliament holds a ballot where all young people aged 11 to 18 are invited to vote on what should be debated in the House of Commons by members of the Youth Parliamentlater in the year.

The annual ballot, will contain 10 policies voted for by Members of Youth Parliament including:

  • reforming the curriculum
  • further support for young carers
  • improving mental health services
  • protecting school budgets