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Teens ready to take on the bullies

GOOD TO TALK ... Coun Joan Atkinson signs a National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence T-shirt with members of the Junior Local Safeguarding Childrens Board and Friends Against Bullying.

GOOD TO TALK ... Coun Joan Atkinson signs a National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence T-shirt with members of the Junior Local Safeguarding Childrens Board and Friends Against Bullying.

YOUNG people in South Tyneside are gearing up to tackle a range of issues affecting them.

Child poverty, sexual and mental health, anti-bullying, online protection and drugs and alcohol abuse have all been highlighted as priorities for a group of youth representatives.

They will be addressed by the group, made up of existing members from Friends Against Bullies and the Junior Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, during the next 12 months.

The children, aged between 10 and 15, meet every fortnight to discuss matters that directly affect young people in the borough.

They attend St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn, St Bede’s RC Primary School in Jarrow, Jarrow School, Boldon School and Harton Technology College in South Shields.

They used the recent National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence to unite at Simonside Climbing Wall in South Shields to talk about the way forward.

They all wore the special pink T-shirts that South Tyneside Council had commissioned for the day.

Coun Joan Atkinson, the council’s lead member for children, young people and families, said: “It was great to talk with the young people from the action group about how they intend to approach these various important issues.

“The borough is very forward-thinking when it comes to listening and implementing the views of young people, and groups such as these are crucial to the overall development of our communities.

“The group provides the young people with an opportunity to talk about the issues of the day, and gives them a chance to think about how these matters have a direct affect on their lives.

“The process is very useful as it allows them to be open and discuss confidently about these relevant concerns.”

Find out what’s on offer for young people in South Tyneside by visiting www.southtyneside.info/youngpeople.

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