We would like to thank you for your support with the 'Big Consultation' at the beginning of last year, and update you on the plans moving forward for a new 'Derbyshire Youth Network'.
The Big Consultation asked young people and the adults who care for them to give us feedback on the proposal to replace the Derbyshire Youth Council with a strategic participation network. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the proposal and this has now been agreed by our cabinet:
- 1,290 people responded to the survey and 78% agreed with the proposal
- 819 young people aged 11 to 15 replied
- 82% of responses were received from young people aged 25 and under
Read the Cabinet report on the Big consultation - item 6m for the full results of the survey.
The plan is to link together school councils and community youth groups to develop a wider network to hear the views of young people. We're asking schools and community groups for their support, to engage and become involved in this network through their leads who work directly with youth voice.
Initially this will be a virtual model with a member of our children's participation team facilitating the network. From the consultation responses we know that young people would like some face-to-face contact, and once COVID-19 restrictions are eased and it's safe to do so, we'll explore the scope to develop a hybrid model which includes some face-to-face engagement.
The new network will provide support and opportunities for young people to engage with senior managers and decision makers at the council, and other local agencies, through surveys and questionnaires. This will also be an opportunity for young people in schools and communities to raise their views, concerns and be involved in influencing future priorities and service planning.
In relation to next steps, we're making contact with democracy, school council leads and community groups directly to develop the network.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for making the consultation a success and look forward to working closely with your schools, community groups and young people.
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