“Positive for Youth” champions Sheffield Victories

Following the publication of the ‘Positive for Youth’ strategy by the Department for Education, in which the efforts of Harry and other young leaders in the city to condemn the August Riots were highly commended, the Children’s Minister in  a written answer to Jo Swinson MP mentions the work Harry did in Sheffield to successfully ban the Mosquito Device.

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the use of mosquito devices; and if he will review the Children’s Commissioner’s Buzz Off campaign. [87446]

Tim Loughton: We are strongly opposed to mosquito devices being used to unfairly target children and young people. In my foreword to the ‘Positive for Youth’ policy statement (published on 19 December 2011), I encourage young people to “challenge the discriminatory and  inappropriate use of ‘mosquito’ devices”. The statement also includes a case study which describes how, following representations from the member of the UK Youth Parliament for Sheffield, Sheffield city council voted unanimously to end the use of mosquito devices on all council buildings. Other local authorities that have taken similar action include Lancashire county council, Knowsley, Kent county council and Kirklees council—all as a result of successful campaigns by young people. We would support all councils taking a similar approach.

We also welcome the Children’s Commissioner’s ‘Buzz Off’ campaign which has helped to bring the issue to the attention of young people and decision-makers.

Harry commented “Members of the UK Youth Parliament have a duty to represent young people within their local area and display actions of best practice. The recognition given to the Mosquito Device Campaign in Sheffield, and the response of Tim Loughton MP in encouraging young people to go out and advocate a ban is a sign that, as young people, campaigning for what we believe puts considerable pressure on the government to take action.”

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About HarryCarter

I'm Harry Carter and I represent young people as a Member of the UK Youth Parliament. I'm a young social activist, and I'm working to create a fairer, more supportive and more involved society.
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