Working well with youth

ANGUS Council is looking to enhance the “youth engagement activity” currently practised within the county.

Since 1996, the local authority has worked closely with young people in Angus in a number of ways.

Most recently, more than 1,000 young people participated in ‘citizenship workshops’ and expressed an interest in further similar activities. The possibility of this is currently being explored.

Neil Logue, director of education, said: “The workshops also generated information on how young people see their community and the need for change and improvement

“Education service staff are working with young people to collate this information and present it to key decision makers at local and Angus-wide levels.”

The education service also continues to support the work of members of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Following the elections in 2011, three MSYPs were selected. These MSYPs attend sittings of Parliament and ensure that they are sufficiently well informed to represent other young people in Angus.

Furthermore, all Angus schools now have pupil councils where students are consulted and involved in all aspects of their educational experience - including the new curriculum.

In addition to this, the Angus Young Scot portal continues to help young people with the issues that matter to them. This system also incorporates online votes and discussions.

In a similar vein, all school pupils have access to Glow - a service which helps with learning and on-line interaction within the pupil community in Angus.

At a meeting today (Wednesday, October 17), the education committee will recommend a number a ways to ensure continued interaction with young people in Angus.

The committee will authorise Neil Logue, director of education, to undertake an evaluation of the impact of the Angus Youth Charter as part of his role as chairman of the Angus Children’s and Learning Partnership (ACLP).

They will also endorse the work which is already under way with online platforms and social networking. They will also make sure that the ACLP includes direct youth representation.

The committee will also note the commitment to working with community planning teams.

Regular progress reports will also be submitted following a programme of monitoring youth engagement.

Neil Logue said: “Young people have confirmed that they wish to have a number of channels through which to engage. They do not wish to commit to a formal structure.

“They wish to be consulted and supported to be active in areas that are of direct interest to them on their own territory.

“The Angus Youth Charter provides a clear expression of what young people want from public bodies in relation to consultation and involvement.”