Question Your Local Leaders

Under-20s invited to quiz police and politicians

Young people are invited to take part in a Question Time-style event to quiz local police and political leaders.

Youth Voice Question Time is open to 11-19 year olds who live or go to school in the borough and is the first of a series of feedback sessions building on the success of the Youth Momentum Conference last year.

Young people will have the chance to quiz a panel of senior decision makers, including top councillors and police officers, about any issue that concerns them in a format similar to the BBC Question Time show. They will get help to prepare their questions and polish their questioning techniques.

The panel will include:

  • Cllr Ravi Govindia - leader of the council
  • Cllr Kathy Tracey - cabinet member for children's services
  • Cllr Rex Osborn - leader of the opposition
  • David Chinchen - borough police commander
  • Marc Dataro - chairman of the Wandsworth Youth Council

The Wandsworth Youth Council was set up by the council's Youth Services department and has in recent years established itself as a key forum for consulting and involving young people in decisions about council services.

It meets regularly and develops campaigns, feeds into council decision-making processes, organises events, manages the Youth Opportunity Fund grant scheme and runs projects such as the Wandsworth Young Inspectors, who inspect council services and give feedback from a young person's point of view.

Wandsworth is developing its work with young people as part of a council-wide drive to increase aspiration and opportunity for borough residents.

Youth Voice Question Time will be at the Town Hall on March 21 from 5pm to 7.30pm.

If you want to take part, sign up here.

March 6, 2013