Former Slough Youth Parliament representative, Susy Senghor, 16, is one of just 11 members of the National Youth Select Committee, which plays a vital role in raising awareness of the issues affecting young people across the UK. Susy has been appointed Vice Chair of the committee.
Following its call for evidence on the issue of knife crime – a key concern for young people across the country, including in Slough, as highlighted by the 2018 ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot of young people – the National Youth Select Committee held oral evidence sessions in the House of Commons on 5 and 12 July. During the sessions the Youth Select Committee considered evidence contributed by young people, schools, businesses, and organisations supporting both victims and offenders. The Safer Slough Partnership also contributed evidence.
Those contributing to the debate included experts in crime, policing, safeguarding, charities, the probation service, MPs and government advisors. The purpose of the oral evidence sessions was to collate information on the scale of the problem, prevention, possible interventions, social media and cultural influences, and to consider possible solutions.
The sessions were open to the public and broadcast live on Parliament TV and UK Parliament YouTube. (Search ‘Youth Select Committee’ to watch the recordings.) Susy also visited 10 Downing Street to discuss knife crime, and met Theresa May.
Giovanni Ferri, youth voice officer, Slough Borough Council, said: “As Vice Chair on this year’s committee, we are very proud Susy is representing Slough on the national stage. We look forward to the committee’s report and her working with Slough Youth Parliament and the Safer Slough Partnership board to see what can be implemented locally.”
Cllr Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “We are extremely proud Susy has represented Slough at the Houses of Parliament and now at Number 10 raising the importance issue of knife crime, and meeting Theresa May and we look forward to the production of the committees report.”