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HARINGEY YOUTH COUNCIL

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HARINGEY YOUTH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE HARINGEY YOUTH COUNCIL HELD ON

    WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2007 at 17:00

1. APOLOGIES AND NAME INTRODUCTIONS (Agenda Item 2):

    Noted

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAST MEETING (Agenda Item3):

    The minutes were agreed by the HYC and signed by the Co-Chair, Youth

    Councillor Shayan Moftizadeh.

3. REPORTS

    Reports from HYC Executive Youth Councillors were received from the following:

    ? Adam Anti Bullying Event Adam highlighted the Event to take place on 22

    November 2007 and would involve some 250 people. A working group had

    been set up to plan and organise this.

    ? Alisha - Media and Marketing Action Group Alisha informed the HYC of the

    Group‟s meetings with Exposure to plan and organise the forthcoming

    newsletter which was currently in print.

    ? Fabrice UK Youth Parliament Fabrice informed the HYC that the UK

    Youth Parliament elections had taken place and that since then, a number of

    tasks had been worked on by group-working. The UK Youth Parliament would

    be celebrating its work later this year.

    ? Shayan HYC Executive Shayan spoke about the HYC‟s first successful

    year and some its achievements including the Youth Opportunities Fund, BBC

    News interviews, Logos and t-shirts, Exposure newsletters, anti-bullying event,

    and the youth film made in-conjunction with Fast Forward.

4. WELCOME FROM THE MAYOR

    Haringey‟s Mayor, Councillor Sheik Thompson, addressed the HYC indicating

    that he was proud and pleased about the successes of the HYC in its first year.

    The Mayor was hopeful that the HYC would continue to take-charge of its

    ambitions particularly in areas such as anti-bullying and promoting youth

    democracy within the Borough. The Mayor also noted that a precedence of good

    work had been set now, and that youth engagement had been safeguarded by

    the HYC. He noted that the Borough was of proud of its HYC Youth Councillors.

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    5. AWARDS FROM SHARON SHOESMITH

    Haringey Council‟s Director of the Children and Young People‟s Service, Sharon Shoesmith addressed the HYC ahead of presenting awards to a number of

    individual Youth Councillors. She highlighted that in a recent inspection of the Service, youth engagement had received an “excellent” assessment record due

    mainly to the successes of the HYC. All HYC Youth Councillors would receive an AQA accreditation for their membership to the HYC.

    Ms Shoesmith then awarded the following Youth Councillors with special awards for their substantial involvement in the HYC: Alisha, Emma, Christopher, Nadia, Adam, Shayan, and Fabrice.

    Ms Shoesmith talked about the success of GSCEs this year and the important work being done to ensure this is maintained for future years. It was noted that Youth Councillor Adam had attended the Core Team meeting at the Children and Young People‟s Service to represent the HYC.

    6. FEEDBACK FORMS

    Youth Councillors were asked to complete the feedback form on how they felt the HYC is organised and supported. All forms would be considered as part of HYC Officers‟ continued work on improving the HYC.

    7. THEMED DEBATE - GUN AND KNIFE CRIME

    The debate was introduced by Co-Chair Youth Councillor Shayan who called for a round table debate on the hypothesis that gun and knife crime only happens in

    deprived areas and there is nothing that can be done about it.

The HYC noted the Don’t Trigger film, which would be shown at another meeting.

    The HYC also noted that stereotypes persisted around young people but were based mainly on the negative activity of one or two individuals, often involving crime and weapons. It was argued by some Youth Councillors that it was young people‟s own responsibility to remove these negative stereotypes, whilst nurturing a suitable and agreeable level of natural youth behaviour. The HYC noted that during Citizenship lessons, there had been discussions over the lack of dialogue between the police and youth service providers such as the Council. Returning to the issue of stereotyping, it was noted that lots of young people played up to the negative stereotypes that existed because this was deemed as being “cool” but there was further acknowledgement that young people had to change their ways to deal with this. This would also help to build positive relationships with the police.

    The HYC was informed of the HYC Question Time Event that was to take place on 18 October at which senior officials from the Council, Police, Members of Parliament and local councillors. This is identified as one way in which the police could hear the voices and concerns of young people. The HYC went on to

    discuss guns and how achievable it was to obtain a gun. The HYC recognised that the need for a younger police force who could relate to the issues faced by young people with guns. The possibility of a police youth meeting with police cadets was raised.

    The HYC also discussed young people fashion and in particular the wearing of “hoodies”. It was stated that role models were often seen in hoodies and that they

    could be worn in a non-threatening way. However, the wearing of hoodies in

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    some cases was considered to bring out a poor attitude amongst some young

    people and a form of protection and defence where someone was going to

    commit a crime. It was stated too that the sale of knifes over the counter in some

    shops need to be tackled by the Government. The HYC recognised boredom as a

    feature behind much of the problems with guns and knife crime.

    To round up the debate, the HYC highlighted that there was a lot of work to be

    done in tackling gun and knife crime including media relations work because

    much of the negative cultural stereotypes for young people was fuelled by the

    media. The HYC agreed to write to the Children and Young People‟s Strategic

    Partnership Board to lobby them on the issues and to seek solutions.

8. FILM AND WEBSITE

    The HYC viewed the film produced in-conjunction with Fast Forward. The HYC

    gave its thanks to Fast Forward for their help and assistance in producing the film,

    which was enjoyed by all Youth Councillors.

9. QUESTIONS TO COUNCILLORS (Agenda Item 7):

    The HYC welcomed Councillor Engert, Mallett and Bull to its meeting. Cllrs

    Engert and Mallett both addressed the HYC to outline their appreciation for the

    work of the HYC, and offer their support and good wishes for the future.

10. DATE OF NEXT MEETINGS (Agenda Item 9):

    ? 12 December 2007, 5pm at the Civic Centre

    ? 13 February 2008, 5pm at the Civic Centre

    ? 12 March 2008, 5pm at the Civic Centre

    ? 23 April 2008, 5pm at the Civic Centre

11. AOB

    ? The HYC noted that a ballot on whether to hold HYC Executive Elections in

    December 2007 was being held and that all Youth Councillors could cast their

    vote to decide whether elections should take place.

    ? The HYC was reminded of the Anti-Bully Rally on 22 November 2007

    ? The HYC was reminded of the HYC Question Time on 18 October 2007.

The meeting ended at 18:45 hours.

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Youth Councillors SHAYAN MOFTIZADEH or ADAM JOGEE

    Co-Chair, Haringey Youth Council

Date signed:___________________________

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