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Young PCVC gives a clear voice for young people


Ellen Terry (centre) with members of the County Durham Partnership

Senior decision-makers were asked challenging questions yesterday about the work they do for young people, by Ellen Terry the Young Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.

16 year-old Ellen, from Belmont, was elected to the role by the Police Cadets in September. She is working very closely with Ron Hogg, the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner.

Yesterday Ellen participated in a meeting of the County Durham Partnership, chaired by Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, and attended by the people in charge of NHS bodies, the Fire and Rescue Service, Housing bodies, the County Council and the voluntary sector. Ron Hogg was present to give a policing perspective. During the meeting, Ellen challenged the Partnership to take into account issues faced by young people, and emphasised her three priorities for her year in office:

-         to improve outcomes for victims and perpetrators of crime who suffer from mental health difficulties

-         to improve education for young people about substance misuse

-         to increasing perceptions amongst young people of the police

Ellen also met Chief Constable Mike Barton, holding him to account for the delivery of policing services which meet the needs of young people. She asked him about how policing of substance misuse is changing, and about how Police Officers engage with schools and pupils.

Speaking afterwards, Ellen said “I have had a really good day, getting information from people who can help me achieve my aims. I have been able to develop plans to put my priorities into action.”

Ron Hogg commented “Takeover Challenge is all about exposing young people to the decision-making process. Ellen has responded to this superbly, and comes from an entirely new perspective. I am really proud of her”.


Posted on Thursday 22nd November 2018
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