Young people being sought as commissioners

The search has begun for young people in Aberdeenshire who want to help shape the approach to tackle bullying in schools across the area.

Aberdeenshire Council is looking for current and former pupils aged between 14 and 20 to take up the role of youth commissioners.

They will then take the lead in reshaping and modernising approaches to bullying in local schools.

The initiative was supported by Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure committee in March this year.

Committee chair Cllr Isobel Davidson said: “The committee was very impressed with the approach being proposed, particularly in terms of young people themselves taking the lead.

“This project has the potential to bring huge benefits to all of our pupils across Aberdeenshire, and I look forward to seeing how it progresses.”

Leading the project are strategic development officer Dawn Lynch, and health improvement officer Kat Burke.

“All Aberdeenshire schools have well established bullying policies,” said Dawn. “Many have developed innovative and effective practise which makes a positive impact if bullying behaviour is displayed, and we commend their proactive approaches.

“We are committed to ensuring that the strategic framework which supports this is as good as it can be. Getting involved in this project provides a unique opportunity for interested young people to make a difference within their communities.”

The youth commissioners will take the lead in developing the project, but will have access to support from an advisory panel of interested and experienced professionals.

“This forward thinking team will design a consultation process to involve all ages and stages of Aberdeenshire school pupils,” said Kat.

“They will use the information gathered to enable them to gain a real understanding of the current issues within schools before planning a positive way to progress.

“Aberdeenshire’s young people are incredibly talented and creative, and we are certain that their input will leave a legacy of respect and security for the future.”

Applications to join the Youth Commissioners must be submitted by Friday, June 14.

All that is required is a real interest in making a positive change.

Those interested can contacte Kat Burke on 07919565197 or Dawn Lynch on07557497955 for further details.