United Kingdom/April 11, 2017/ By: Tom Belger/Source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk
Young people also call for votes at 16 and more mental health support
Teenagers in Liverpool want areas to ride scrambler bikes legally and better sex education, according to the council’s youth advisors.
More cash for mental health and youth services, cheaper public transport and compulsory political education in schools were also highlighted in the youth manifesto draft.
Teenagers in youth centres and alternative education across the city were surveyed in a bid to get a wider range of voices than just mainstream school pupils and their elected reps.
Other priorities included more support finding work in chosen industries, life skills like financial education and the right-to-vote for 16-year-olds.
Some young people said they were struggling because of benefit cuts, and said bullying, racism and homophobia should not be taboo and deserved more open discussion in schools.
Only 14% of people interviewed said they felt listened to about politics, but 79% said they would vote if they were old enough.
One young person claimed it was “extremely hard to get any support from an over-diluted service” when struggling with mental health problems and the NHS.
Several participants said having an area to use scrambler bikes safely would help reduce public or antisocial use of the controversial bikes.
The survey was carried out by a paid team aged 15-19 from the Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board Young Advisors.
Councillor Lynnie Hinnigan, mayoral lead for youth and citizen engagement, said: “This was about getting the voice of all young people.
“We have a Schools Parliament who have a manifesto, but that only reflects people engaged in school. So the young advisors went to alternative providers and youth clubs.
“Some things I obviously won’t be able to do, like votes at 16, but next year I’ll do what I can to make the 10 priorities my priorities.”
The findings will be used to help shape the annual Schools Parliament manifesto, created by elected students from schools across the city.
A council report said the survey could help shape future local authority policy, support funding applications for services and educate councillors and pupil reps on young people’s concerns.