Young people have their say!
18 May 2020
Climate change, mental health, bullying, knife crime and body image were all identified as key concerns for young people in Hertfordshire in a recent survey.
Almost 10,000 11 to 17-year-olds in the county completed the survey led by YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People, part of Hertfordshire County Council.
Young people were asked what they thought about the support available to them, what challenges they felt they faced and what their greatest concerns were.
The survey (completed before the lockdown) also aimed to identify gaps in what is currently available to young people outside of school and ensure that those who provide services can adequately plan for the future.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families Cllr Teresa Heritage said: “These survey results give us an insight into the issues that are really important to young people in our county prior to COVID-19. Given the work that the YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People has been carrying out during the crisis we will have gleaned even more intelligence from young people to ensure that we are cited on what is most important to them.
“It shows that young people are concerned about their personal safety and wellbeing, along with important global issues such as climate change.”
55% of young people felt there was enough support and help available for them and their friends but 45% said there wasn’t, or they were unsure. 65% were confident they knew how and where to access support and help but 35% didn’t or were unsure.
District and Borough Youth Strategy Groups, facilitated by YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People, will meet over the coming weeks to discuss the findings and produce action plans to better shape services for young people.
YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People has continued to work with young people through the lockdown and is actively engaging with new referrals. Services have been redeveloped to allow for one-to-one and groupwork sessions via a variety of digital platforms. There are nearly 70 weekly online youth projects available, including those for young people in care/care leavers, young LGBT+ people, young parents, youth councils, young people with learning disabilities and virtual local neighbourhood projects. Youth Workers and Personal Advisers are supporting young people with a range of issues and concerns including social isolation, family conflict, future education, training or apprenticeship options, mental and emotional wellbeing and loss and bereavement.
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