Fight on to tackle bullying in Borders

the search is on for Borders youth commissioners, aged between 14 and 25 to help draw up a new policy on bullying for the region.

The aim is to find 12 youngsters who will work alongside council officers and elected members on a 12 month investigation into the issue of bullying which will result in a new policy being drawn up by Scottish Borders Council.

In March this year the SBC’s executive approved the establishment of the youth commission and views of young people will help form the new anti-bullying policy.

The project includes an advisory board chaired by executive member of education Councillor George Turnbull and co-chaired by executive member for social work (integrated children’s services, housing and community justice) Councillor Ron Smith. The board will support the work of the commission and it met for the first time last week.

Councillor George Turnbull said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for young people to be part of something that has the potential to improve the life of children and young people in the Scottish Borders.

“The youth commissioners will have the opportunity to co-produce policy by making recommendations to SBC.

“There will be opportunities to work aon what should happen to manage bullying behaviour and provide support for children and young people who have experienced bullying.”

Susan Robb, SBC’s participation officer for children and young people explained: “ This is a one of a kind opportunity to work alongside adults locally, nationally, and internationally”

“We request that the youth commissioners be able to commit to a minimum of five hours per week – but this may increase at peak times during the work of the Commission.

Youth commissioners will be expected to commit until July 2012 to carry out investigation, make their recommendations, and promote findings.”

“Applications are encouraged from any young person who has an interest in the issue of bullying behaviour, or who wants to be part of a new experience. Full training and support will be given, as well as the opportunity to have a mentor.”

Applications from Youth@scotborders.gov.uk or 01835 826815. They must be received by Wednesday, June 15, 2011 and a selection day will be held on Friday, July 1, 2011.