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Youth Select Committee

This body gives young people the opportunity to scrutinise public issues and hold inquiries into topics most relevant to them.

Youth Select Committee

Youth Select Committee 2017


The Inquiry

The YSC inquiry on Body Image launches on 19 May. Body Image was one of the top ten issues voted for by young people in the 2016 "Make Your Mark" ballot that consulted almost 1 million young people. You can find the terms of reference for the inquiry on the British Youth Council website. For any inquiry-related questions, please contact the inquiry team on [email protected].



About the Committee

The Youth Select Committee (YSC) is a British Youth Council initiative, supported by the House of Commons, which takes evidence in public and has its proceedings televised and recorded in Hansard. The eleven committee members are aged 14‒18 and include Members of the UK Youth Parliament, Youth Councillors, a Young Mayor, reserved seats and representatives from each of the devolved nations. The YSC receives induction training and mentoring from parliamentary Clerks and British Youth Council staff.



How to Submit Evidence

The committee are eager to hear your views and invite submissions addressing the terms of reference from individuals, organisations and interested parties, including (but not restricted to) young people, those affected by body image issues, related charities, social media platforms, campaigners, schools, health professionals, politicians, and any other interested parties.



Respondents should note that it is not necessary to answer every question in the terms of reference. Submissions should clearly state who they are from, be concise (generally no more than 3000 words), contain an executive summary, and have numbered paragraphs. Submissions should be sent as Word documents to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 16 June 2017.



If you do not wish your name to be published then please indicate this when you submit your evidence. You will still need to provide your name and contact details as the Committee will not accept anonymous evidence but that information will not be shared online. Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission but may be referred to in the response. The Committee will not investigate or publish any individual cases of complaint/allegations.



Evidence that is submitted will be published on the British Youth Council website. However, the British Youth Council do reserve the right to redact evidence partially or in full should it contain information that is considered to be libel.



How to Attend Oral Evidence Sessions

The committee will hear oral evidence from a variety of witnesses in the House of Commons on the following dates; Attendees do not require a ticket to attend the committee hearings.


Register for oral session on Friday 7th July

Register for oral session on Friday 14th July


Look at Past Inquiries

Last year the YSC conducted an inquiry focusing on the topic of Racism and Racial Discrimination. Read last year’s Committee report, which contains a variety of recommendations for Government. You can also read the Government’s response, which offers an answer to each of the YSC's recommendations.