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28 January 2020
Beds Youth Council

Focus Group Influencer – Beds Youth Council (BYC) (13 – 17 year olds)
Bedfordshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to young people living within Bedfordshire between the ages of 13 and 17 years old to establish a Beds Youth Council (BYC) and become a focus group influencer.

About the Beds Youth Council (BYC)
The aim of the BYC is to encourage local young people to have their say on how we can improve the quality of policing and to improve trust and reassurance within our community. The group will give Bedfordshire Police advice on issues that affect young people, for example, after a serious crime or incident. They will also consult with us on plans and policies that might impact on youth culture, offering a new way in which to make a difference to how young communities are policed.

The BYC members, will initially be between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and drawn from a broad range of backgrounds. It will include those who may be at risk of entering the criminal justice system, ex-offenders and victims of crime or come from areas where youth violence is part of their everyday lives. This offers a continual perspective from those who may be most affected and it allows the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Force to fully hear the voices of young people across Bedfordshire.

The vision of the BYC is to allow young people to have the chance to:
 Speak directly with police officers and decision makers to “youth proof” policies, protocols and strategies.
 Provide advice to Bedfordshire Police to help monitor and improve the quality of the policing service being delivered and help them understand issues that affect youth.
 Build relationships between police, young people and the community
 Have their voice heard and express views openly and honestly in a constructive way.
 Considerown biases.
 Raise the profile of young people within the community.
 Improve leadership skills.
Initial Focus groups will allow influencers the opportunity to build the shape of
the BYC by making decisions about:
 Meeting dates
 Meeting times
 Meeting locations
 Agenda items
 Incentives
 Develop other methods of engagement i.e. online platforms etc.

Initially, three focus groups will be held. These will be in Luton, Central Bedfordshire
and Bedford.
Successful applicants must be available to attend the first Focus Group Meeting
which will be held at 6:00pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020 at Central
Bedfordshire College, Dunstable Campus (Main Campus), Dunstable,
Bedfordshire, LU5 4HG.

To apply, please complete the equal opportunities form and the short expression of
interest form below and send them to byc@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 18th February 2020.

Equal Opportunities Form


We are committed to ensuring that all applicants are treated fairly regardless of age, disability,

ethnicity, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We therefore welcome

applications from all sections of the community.


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This information is confidential and used solely for monitoring purposes.


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Role applied for:

Focus Group Influencer for Beds Youth Council (BYC)


Ethnic Origin:


I describe my ethnic origin as: (please tick relevant box)



  • British
  • Irish
  • Irish Travelling Community
  • Other White


Black or Black British

  • Black Caribbean
  • Black African
  • Other Black


Chinese or other Ethnic Group

  • Chinese
  • Other Ethnic Group



  • White and Black Caribbean
  • White and Black African
  • White and Asian
  • Other Mixed


Asian or Asian British

  • Indian
  • Pakistani
  • Bangladeshi
  • Other Asian






  • Male
  • Female



Age: (this role is for 13 to 17 year olds only)


  • 13 years old
  • 14 years old
  • 15 years old
  • 16 years old
  • 17 years old




Do you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995?


  • Yes
  • No


If ‘yes’, please give brief details of the effects of your disability on your day-to-day activities, and any other information that you feel would help us to accommodate your needs and thus meet our obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. A disability in no way precludes you from consideration for a position and the School wishes to assist and support applicants with a disability through the recruitment process.

Additional information:



Expression of Interest Form


Name ...........................................................


Date of Birth .................................


Contact Telephone Number ........................................


Email address .............................................................


Post Code .............................


Please tell us why you would be interested in joining Beds Youth Council






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