The Youth Commission for Guernsey and Alderney
Supporting the Bailiwick's Young People
WHAT IS OUR VOICE SERVICE?
The Youth Commission’s Voice Service provides support for young people in the Bailiwick to have a say where decisions are being made that affect their lives.
This includes supporting our Youth Forum, Advocacy Service, and Campaigning, you can find out about all the different sections of our voice team below.
THE YOUTH FORUM
The Youth Forum for Guernsey and Alderney brings together young people from across the Bailiwick to represent the voice of their peers, and to ensure the voice of young people is heard within the decision-making process both in the Bailiwick and further abroad.
The group meets four times per year working with government, business and charities to ensure that the voice of young people is considered. If you would like to be involved in the Youth Forum, elections are held every two years and you can enter these elections through your school or via a youth organisation you represent.
Our Advocacy service provides Children and Young People across the islands the opportunity to have their say when decisions are being taken by professionals. This can be to support young people to speak for themselves or speak on their behalf if needed.
We also run a group specifically to capture the voice of young people in care. This group meets monthly and if you would like to attend and are in care please contact us.
Our Advocacy service will only ever say what you want us to and, in the way you want us to say it. Currently advocacy is open for young people who’s families are going through Child Protection procedures or if you are a looked after child. If you are interested in this service please get in touch.
THE YOUTH PARLIAMENT
The Youth Parliament provides young people in Guernsey with the chance to experience how the decision-making process operates in our legal democracy. Three times a year the project engages 38 young people in a State’s debate at the Royal Court.
This is a full day event that starts with training in the morning, participants debating a current Billet d’Etat (topic of debate) throughout the afternoon and concludes with a vote on the items debated.
If you are interested in experiencing political life the project is open to young people aged 13 to 16. Lookout for calls to register on our Eventbrite page and come and join us on the next debate.