Newham Youth Council Meeting Agenda - May 2010 by sAcfY911


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                       Newham Youth Council

Date                 19 May 2010
Time                 4.30pm
Venue                Council Chamber, Newham Town Hall, Barking Road, East Ham, E6 2RP

Membership 2009-2010
Chair: Kaycee de Belen
Deputy Chair: Aadilah Ismail

              Tanyel Akintug                 Masuma Aktar                   Mariam Azim
          Ambereen Desai                     Ameena Khan                    Kishan Patel
          Tabassum Patel                     Faeeza Salim                  Natalie Smorthit
          Fallak Tabassum                   Sonyea Tasnim                   Rosie Young
                Adil Yousaf                 Jaabir Cooraban                  Afrida Alam
               Alex Sholarin                 Joko Sanyang                     Vi Yen Le
               Sabaa Tariq                   Masuma Bari                    Marcus Gale
       Geraldrine Agyeman                 Ibifuro Samuel-Dada                Enoch Osae
              Karanjit Singh               Nabel Xetegauncar               Fahima Hussain
              Saira Rabbani                   Bola Lawal                 Salam Razia Khatun
              Bruce Fonseca                   Quam Bolaji                 Sharose Hussain
              Adama Sesay                    Clevie Motley                  Henna Saiyed
              Chuma Onuora                  Franky Kempster                  Suad Abdi
              Valerie Boateng                Luke Roberts                   Mabel Ening
       Stephen Ogedengbe                       Ola Ojuko                    Betty Braimah
          Rebecca Sultana
              Moin Parkhetiya                 Sami Pontin                 Junaid Oughradar

Contact Officer:

Rebecca Norton
Youth Representation Officer

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1. How the meeting will run
                 Welcome and Introductions.
                 The Chair will outline what will happen in the meeting.
                 Members will be informed of any apologies for absence.

2. Review of the minutes from the previous meeting
                 The minutes of the meeting held on 26 March 2010 will be reviewed.

3. News
                 Update on campaign to create more opportunities for young people at the
                  Olympic Games
                 Update on Children’s Trust Board

4. Single Equalities Scheme
                 Consultation with Council Officers

5. Children and Young People’s Plan
                 Consultation with Council Officers

6. Young Mayor and Youth Council Charter

7. Stopping Serious Youth Violence - Meeting with Deputy Police Commissioner

8. Newham-Barnsley Partnership – visit to Barnsley

9. Youth Council role at Mayor’s Show

10. Date of next meeting
                 The Chair will agree the date of the next Youth Council meeting.

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                   Minutes of the last meeting
                                       Meeting held on 26 March 2010

1. How the meeting will run

     The Chair welcomed members of the Youth Council. The following members sent apologies for
     absence: Faeeza Salim, Ameena Khan, Jaabir Cooraban, Tabassum Patel, Alex Sholarin,
     Karanjit Singh, Bruce Fonseca, Betty Braimah, Sharose Hussain, Mariam Azim, Adil Yousaf

2. Review of the minutes
     The minutes of the meeting held on 27 January 2010 were agreed as a correct record

3. News
     The Chair welcomed newly elected members of the Youth Council. The Chair announced that Adil
     Yousaf, Masuma Aktar, Rebecca Sultana, Ameena Khan and Sonyea Tasnim are the Youth
     Council’s appointed representatives to the Children and Young People’s Board. Aadilah Ismail,
     Sami Pontin, Rosie Young, Ola Ojuko and Kishan Patel have joined Kaycee de Belen as the
     Youth Council representatives to the Young Mayor Network. Kaycee de Belen announced that
     she is a member of the Children’s Trust Board and has appointed Masuma Aktar as her
     The Youth Council was notified that they have all received a copy of the Youth Council eBulletin.

4. Question Time Panel on Crime and Safety
     A range of questions relating to Crime and safety issues were posed by Youth Councillors on
     behalf of young representatives and residents. See appendix A for a full list of questions
     submitted. The issues that emerged from the Question Time session were:

             In addition to enforcement of law the Police stated their commitment to and focus on
              preventing crime from happening. The Police cited a number of successful initiatives,
              including sensitively managed stop and search, sports and school-based programmes and
              forum-based initiatives, which help to divert young people away from crime, and raise
              awareness of the consequences of criminal actions, specifically relating to carrying a weapon
              and associating with peer groups who regularly engage in anti social and violent and
              aggressive behaviour.
             Some young people are in favour of self-defence lessons being taught in schools, and when
              raised with the panel it was observed that in principle self-defence lessons can be useful, but
              that physical self-defence techniques are less effective at preventing crime and violence than
              teaching young people to remove themselves from potentially dangerous peer groups and
              potentially violent and aggressive situations.
             Confidentiality and the stigma attached to reporting crimes was raised as a significant barrier
              to preventing crime and prosecuting perpetrators of most serious violent crimes. A lack of
              information and understanding of support available to witnesses and those with useful
              information was highlighted as a concern for young people. Representatives from the Police
              stated that they were continuing to address those issues through consultation with young
              people in the borough.

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             An example of a successful initiative to tackle under reporting of crime and fear of crime in
              Chelsea was raised as something that Police in Newham may want to consider undertaking.
              Young people were issued with disposable cameras and were asked to go to those places
              they felt unsafe and photograph, and submit these images to the Police. When these areas
              were investigated Officers found unreported drug-dealing and other safety issues which were
              then subsequently dealt with. Newham Police reported that similar action had been
              undertaken in Newham and there are ongoing efforts to identify spots where people feel
              unsafe and resolve these local issues.

5. Newham-Barnsley Partnership
     The Chair welcomed guests from Barnsley Youth Council to the meeting. The Youth Council
     received a presentation on the Newham-Barnsley Partnership from Oliver Coppard, the
     Partnership Manager. Youth Councillors then sub-divided into three working groups and looked at
     the following issues:

     How Youth Councillors influence positive change in their local area - what works well and what
     could work better?

     Youth Councillors from Newham and Barnsley agreed that the principal ways they and young
     residents currently bring about positive change are: organising and attending community events,
     youth clubs and forums, volunteering, leading projects and awarding youth opportunity funds.

     Youth Councillors agreed that improvements could be made in the following ways: communicating
     better with young residents about Youth Council campaigning activities and wider community
     events; lobbying for better work experience placements for young people; campaigning for better
     sex and relationships education in schools; creating better, more interesting volunteering

     How young people are involved in local democracy and decision-making – what works well and
     what could work better?

     Youth Councillors agreed that there is a wide range of opportunities for young people to get
     involved in local democracy and decision-making, including; Young Mayor schemes, youth
     councils, voting in schools, school council, British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament, single-
     issue campaigns i.e. No To Knives, public consultations.

     Youth Councillors agreed that they would like to do more of the following: leading more exciting,
     heartfelt campaigns and to communicate their message more effectively to local people; Doing
     more partnership work with other young people in other places to share best practice; greater
     interaction with young people through linking up with schools and youth clubs.

     The Young Mayor thanked all Youth Councillors for taking part in the workshop, and gave a
     special thanks to Youth Councillors from Barnsley Youth Council for visiting Newham and sharing
     their experiences of representing young people in Barnsley. The Young Mayor also requested
     that Barnsley Youth Council be invited to guest blog on the Young Mayor website, and accepted
     their invitation to visit Barnsley in the near future.

6. Updates
     A draft proposal for the Young Mayor and Youth Council Charter was submitted for comment. The
     Youth Councillors will submit written comments over the next two to three weeks and intends to
     approve a final draft at the next Youth Council meeting scheduled for the month of May 2010.

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7. Date of next meeting
     The date of the next meeting was confirmed as the 20 May. Some Youth Councillors expressed
     concern that this would clash with GCSE and A Level exams so the Council moved to bring the
     date forward to early May. The exact date is to be confirmed.

Appendix A

Questions from Youth Councillors, Student Councils and local young people

1. Different schemes are introduced every year aiming to reduce levels of crime; what evidence is
   there that these schemes have improved the situation, and what benefits have they brought to
   young people?
2. Young people often feel there are a communication barrier between them and the Police; if the
   police were friendlier and more respectful of young people, tensions would be reduced and you
   would hear from us more about who is involved in youth offending and when and where crime and
   anti-social behaviour occurs. Does the panel agree, and if so, how would you approach this?
3.   Would it be possible to get self defence lessons in schools? In your opinion what are the benefits
     and risks of making this available?
4. Does the Panel have any evidence which tells us which tactics and local initiatives work best
   when tackling crime in Newham?
5. Do you think that the media stereotypes which portray the youth of today as a nuisance have
   actually made vulnerable young people feel the need to act that way and to commit petty crimes
   and anti social behaviour to get attention? Because that’s what a lot of young people feel is
6. How are the police working with faith communities in Newham in order to reach young people?
7. What do the police think ‘Faith Groups’ can bring/contribute to the issues of gun and knife crime?
8. How do the police build relationships with young people who are vulnerable and at risk of
   becoming young offenders?
9. Why do the police think that young people commit crime?
10. What are the crime prevention programmes or schemes in Newham that involve young people?
    What evidence proves they are working?
11. Many people don’t report lower level crimes because it’s seen as ‘petty’. People also feel that the
    punishments for violent crimes like rape are not harsh enough. Are these two things not linked? If
    people see lenient sentences imposed for serious crimes, shouldn’t we expect them to think that
    nothing will happen if they report a low level crime?
12. In Chelsea the Police led a campaign where loads of disposable cameras were given out to local
    people to take pictures of where they knew crime was occurring, or where they felt unsafe. As a
    result they actually caught people selling drugs that they didn’t know anything about previously.
    Do you think something similar can work in Newham?
13. The media plays a key role in stereotyping the youth of today as thugs and yobs – how can you
    help us as a Youth Council tackle this ongoing problem and get the media to see the positive
    contribution that young people make to society?

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14. The perception is that many young people don’t fear the punishments that result from their
    offending – so it stops being a deterrent – What should be done to make young people fear the
    consequences of offending – and is this the right approach in the first place?
15. How can we - as young people who don’t commit offences – do our bit to keep the streets safer?
16. Young people are more likely to be the victims of crime than the offenders – what are you doing to
    get that message across to the wider community – so that they don’t feel afraid of all young
    people? And also, many ‘youth crimes’ are not led by young people, but involve them as younger
    members of gangs for example – How are you removing them from the bad crowds and putting
    them back on the right path?
17. What can we do to help those repeat offenders that do not understand the consequences of their
18. What community events are used to ensure young people are secure and safe when they are out
    and about in the borough?

Contact Officer:

Rebecca Norton
Youth Representation Officer

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