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Giving young people a voice!

More than 80 young people from across Essex took part in our first ever youth conference yesterday, organised in partnership with the Young Essex Assembly.

The students from a number of Essex schools all aged between 11 and 18 had the chance to have their say on policing, fire and restorative justice issues as well as learning how they can keep themselves safe. They also quizzed Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet of Essex Police, Area Manager Moira Bruin from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Caitlin Kemp from the Young Essex Assembly and Cllr Dick Madden from Essex County Council.

The day took place at the Hamptons in Tydemans, Great Baddow. Those attending got involved in workshops focussing on road safety, learnt the truth about sexting and participated in SnapChats sessions where they had the chance to chat in an informal way with police officers and staff.

Before the event, members of the Young Essex Assembly spent the day with Essex Police. You can watch their video diary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaMGwuJMxR8

The Young Essex Assembly is the youth council for Essex and gives members the opportunity to have an influence on issues affecting young people in the county. Elected members are aged 11 to 19 and mirror the number of county councillors in Essex, with 75 seats representing various parts of the county. Members are in office for a period of two years (currently February 2017 until January 2019) and, supported by Essex County Council’s Youth Service, are encouraged to campaign for changes they believe will benefit the lives of their peers.

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