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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 launched 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



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.



Oral Evidence Sessions

The Youth Select Committee heard from various young people and professionals in oral evidence sessions held in July. You can read the transcripts from the sessions and watch the videos using the links below.


Friday 7 July 2017


Friday 14 July 2017


Read the Report

The Committee has now released its report, entitled 'A Body Confident Future', and held a launch event in the Houses of Parliament attended by Minister for Women, Anne Milton MP and former Chair of the APPG on Body Image, Jo Swinson MP, as well as the Committee's expert witnesses. Read the Committee's full report, including its recommendations.


The Committee's key recommendations include:

  • Government sponsorship of an annual ‘National Body Confidence Week’ which would be supported by all relevant departments.
  • Introduction of minimum standards for social media companies in relation to content moderation, to be enforced in the forthcoming digital charter.
  • Measures to improve the diversity of advertising campaigns.
  • Adequate funding for schools so that pupils are supported in their wider wellbeing, including on issues related to body dissatisfaction.
  • Greater focus on body image in online resources aimed at young people, teachers and parents.


What Next?

The report will now be sent to the Government for an official response.


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.