Young people are being asked to contribute to the National Youth Strategy

    What do you think are the most important issues facing young people today? Where should they go for support? These are a couple of the questions the Government want your opinions on in a consultation on the National Youth Strategy

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What is the National Youth Strategy?
Late last year, the Government announced a National Policy Framework for Children and Young people called ‘Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures’, which outlined 5 national outcomes they wanted to achieve in their work with children and young people aged right through from 0 to 24yrs of age.

 

These five outcomes are
1. Active and Healthy, physical and mental well beingbetter outcomes
2. Achieved full potential in all areas of learning and development
3. Safe and protected from harm
4. Economic security and opportunity
5. Connected, respected and contributing to their world.

There are two other parts to the Framework – a National Early Years Strategy, for younger children, and a National Policy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making.

 

What do they want to know?
Basically the Government is trying to find out what issues are most important for young people, which of the 5 outcomes young people view as most important, where young people go to be supported about important issues, and which of these do they think are most important.

 

How do I get involved?
The easiest way is to use the online consultation which can be found at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1829693/New-National-Youth-Strategy-Have-Your-Say

This link can be shared through all of your social media if you feel you want to get other young people involved. It should only take about 5 minutes to complete.
All information will be treated confidentially
There are other face to face consultation events happening through youth projects and schools. You should ask at your local youth project or school to see if one is happening there. If not, you can ask staff there if they will hold one for a group of young people.

Unfortunately there isn’t much time before all views need to be submitted. The consultation only goes on until January 23rd 2015.

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Why should you (or any young people) add your views to the consultation?
Any Government departments making policies that impact on young people will have to show how they fit into achieving one of the five outcomes listed above.
The consultation will help Government and policy makers decide where there priorities should lie. They want to know what Young People feel are the priorities.

So for example, if you feel strongly that the Government need to focus on mental health, or bullying, or online safety, and that you think that there should be more youth projects where young people can go to talk about or learn about those issues, then this consultation will give you the chance to make that clear.
better outcomesHow can I find out more about ‘Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures’?
You can download or read about the document at the link below.
http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=3146&ad=1

The Great Wicklow Youth Survey

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Comhairle na nÓg in County Wicklow are attempting to find out what are the big issues for young people around the county. To do this they have launched an online survey which they hope will provide a body of information that can be used to influence decision makers around the county.

Here is the link if you’d like to share it. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ComhairleYouthSurvey

Why should I fill it out?

Young people make up a very large proportion of the population in Wicklow and nationally, and together they represent a powerful voice. If a large enough number of young people complete the survey, then it becomes a mandate for for the Comhairle, youth organisations and most importantly young people themselves, to approach key decision makers such as politicians (locally and nationally), council officials, and lobby for change based on the outcomes of the survey.

If 1000 young people respond saying that mental health is a major issue for them, then perhaps the HSE needs to look at what is happening in Wicklow to address that issue. If they all flag up cyberbullying as being a problem, then Comhairle can begin to work with schools to look at ways to support young people experiencing cyberbullying. If people say what part of the county they are from, then it may become obvious if there is an issue specific to a particular town.

Comhairle reckon it will take about 6 minutes to complete. Of course if you have a lot you want to get off your chest it may take longer. We at YouthSpin think its well worth taking 5-10 minutes to add your voice and make this survey a useful resource to represent young people across the county.

That link again https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ComhairleYouthSurvey