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Summary report from our online consultation about youth wellbeing

From 30th of March to the 15th of May, in partnership with a range of other organisations, HBSC held an online public consultation to gather ideas about how to governments can be more effectively protect and promote young people's health.

The consultation was a big success and drew around 300 registered participants and over 550 comments. Its findings, and youth wellbeing more generally, were also the subject of a special session at the OECD Forum in Paris on 2 June.  Marianna Georgallis, Policy and Advocacy Officer from the European Youth Forum (one of the consultation partners) outlined some of the main issues and led the discussion.  The session, titled “What Does Youth Well-Being Really Mean?” was attended by around 50 people from the Forum, with many youth participants, and there was a lively discussion around the questions raised by the consultation. Some of the main takeaways from this session include:

  • Youth participation in policy is important, and social media is a good ‘space’ for this. Many young people feel that adults don’t take them seriously. However, examples such as Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign as well as youth councils and university groups show that youth are willing to participate.  As noted previously, social media can harness this willingness if older generations and governments choose to listen.
  • Youth well-being matters not only for young individuals themselves, but also for their families, communities and countries: countries that are more youth-inclusive tend to be more prosperous, while those that exclude youth tend to have higher crime and more social instability.
  • Defining “youth’ is not straightforward as youth is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood, and from dependence to independence. For some youth means under 24 years, for others under 35. While youth age bands are somewhat arbitrary, there is nonetheless a need for greater precision when talking about youth and their needs as interventions/actions must often be age specific.
  • Parents and guardians play a crucial role in youth well-being, but it is important that role is supportive rather than coercive.

For more information you can read the full public consultation online or download a copy of the summary report for an overview of the main themes, conversations and comments made.

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contact: Mr Joe Hancock

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[21-07-2015 to 31-12-2015]


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