Apply to join the Youth Council and help set the agenda for student safety, community and wellbeing.
Young people are often affected by crime, and they deserve to be included in safety initiatives, and given the tools needed to make their voices heard when it comes to crime prevention and community resilience.
Do you want to help lead the discussion around safety and community on and off-campus? Our Youth Council is an initiative that empowers students to support each other on campus and in their community to create a safer, happier environment. Often, students’ opinions on how they think their wider communities could be improved go unheard.
The Youth Council will be formed of a selected group of diverse students who will provide a sounding board and ideas drive for tackling safety and health and wellbeing on and off-campus.
If you believe in working towards a better-connected and safer student campus and community, apply to join the Youth Council.
Young people's concerns around crime and safety.
We surveyed over 2,500 young people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and we ran focus groups with almost 300 young people, to find out: their top crime and safety concerns; how much they feel they are (and they would like to be) valued and included within their local communities; and what they might do differently to solve local issue
Over two-thirds of 16-24 year olds we surveyed were most concerned about crimes, including mugging, drink spiking and street harassment, but most were not involved in any local safety initiatives.
While 84% of those young people say they would act on crime prevention information if given it, the majority do not know where to access this information or how to get involved to make a difference in their local community. 64% of young people also said they feel the Cost of Living crisis will increase crime in their area over the next 12 months, so we know we need to act quickly.