The British Youth Council is the National Youth Council of the UK. A youth-led charity, we empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.

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On Monday 16th April 2018, Anna Barker, Chair of the British Youth Council addressed His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, Damian Hinds, Secretary of State and delegates of the Commonwealth Youth Forum. “Welcome everyone from all corners of the Commonwealth to London and welcome to the start of an unforgettable few days for us all!

Last week, the Science and Technology Committee launched an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. In November 2017, the British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee also took a stand by launching their report, ‘A Body Confident Future’. Among other things, our inquiry investigated how social media can create

Young people in Brent have been at the forefront of local democracy in recent times; on Monday 22nd January 2018, it was announced that amendments to Brent Council’s constitution now enable Brent Youth Parliament members to attend full council meetings and pose questions for 20 minutes. Brent Youth Parliament members have been granted direct communication

A Body Confident Future

Friday, 05 January 2018 by

Yesterday, the Children’s Commissioner published their report, ‘Life in Likes’, on how social media can affect the lives and wellbeing of eight to twelve year olds, an area of research all too often ignored. In November 2017, the British Youth Council Youth Select Committee also took a stand by launching their report, A Body Confident Future, with 22