Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child establishes the right of every child to freely express their views, in all issues that have an impact on their lives, and the subsequent right for those views to be taken seriously.
Kingston and Richmond Youth Council (KRYC)
The Kingston and Richmond Youth Council is the main mechanism Richmond and Kingston Councils and Achieving for Children (AfC) have to ensure they adhere to Article 12.
Every two years across Richmond and Kingston Schools, colleges and youth clubs, democratic elections take place, which ensure young people from both boroughs have the opportunity to vote for their representative.
Once elected, youth council reps actively represent the views, concerns and aspirations of young people.
As well as elections for our Youth Council, UK Youth Parliament elections take place to elect two representatives to represent both Richmond and Kingston at a national level with the British Youth Council.
The current Youth Council consists of six members from Richmond and four from Kingston.
We have been elected by 13,000 young people from schools, colleges and youth clubs across Kingston and Richmond to proactively represent your views to people who make key decisions about young people in both boroughs. Our term of office is for two years. We have been working fervently, finding out the views of young people to establish a clear picture of their issues, aspirations and concerns.
The Youth Council meets three times a month. One of these meetings is a joint meeting with both UK Youth Parliament representatives. Each meeting alternates between both boroughs.
We have undertaken a number of different borough wide consultations, such as:
- Richmond Youth Well-being Survey (2019)
- Richmond Climate Change Youth Survey and Climate Change Youth Summit (2019)
- Kingston Youth Offer Survey (2019)
- Kingston Climate Change Youth Survey (2019)
- Visiting various youth clubs and schools
- Make Your Mark (2018)
- Mi Voice online poll (2018)
Please contact us if you would like a copy of our research findings.
The Youth Council have started creating podcasts, this will be under our own channel called 'Kingston and Richmond Youth Voice Podcast'.
Member of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)for Kingston Upon Thames
Hammad Malik is the democratically elected UK Youth Parliament member for Kingston upon Thames. Whilst the Kingston and Richmond Youth Council represents the views of young people in the borough, the UKYP reps, represent the views of young people from Kingston on a national level.
Member of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) for Richmond Upon Thames
Joe Crabtree is the democratically elected UK Youth Parliament member for Richmond upon Thames. Whilst the Kingston and Richmond Youth Council represents the views of young people in the borough, the UKYP reps, represent the views of young people from Richmond on a national level.
Full Youth Council meetings
Because of Covid 19 full Kingston and Richmond Youth Council (KRYC) meetings are currently held online every Monday from 5 to 6:30pm.
For a breakdown of future KRYC meeting dates please contact one of the Engagement team:
Michael Connors - Youth Engagement Lead
Phone: 07714 839614
Alex Quennell – Youth Engagement Officer
Phone: 020 8288 7511