Young people have stated health and wellbeing is their biggest concern in a mass survey of 11-18 year olds across the country. UK Youth Parliament have conducted a ballot of young people in the UK asking them to choose which issues matter to them most.
Almost half a million young people took part in the ballot, illustrating young people are passionate about having their say on the issues that matter to them. Moving forward UK Youth Parliament will work with its partners sought further input from young people on ending child poverty, improving access to mental health support, and banning gay conversion therapy.
Osaro Otobo, Deputy Chair of the British Youth Council said: “The health and wellbeing of young people has been an issue of real importance to young people in the UK. Young people really want to see action on ending child poverty, improving access to mental health support, and banning gay conversion therapy.
“It’s so fantastic to see half a million young people stand up and tell decision-makers what matters to them and we’re looking forward to working with our partners to campaign further on these issues.
The month-long campaign to seek young people’s views was delivered by the British Youth Council with support from UK Parliament and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. This year’s survey was enabled by the joint funded from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, BBC Children in Need and the National Lottery Community Fund.
As part of this year’s efforts, the British Youth Council will also work with the Centre for Youth Impact and its other partners to ensure more meaningful youth voice and power work moving forward, strengthening UK Youth Parliament’s collective vision for young people and society.