Get Involved with the Youth Select Committee

Knife crime was voted as the top issue amongst 1.1 million young people consulted. Find out you can get involved with the Youth Select Committee’s inquiry into knife crime.

Watch the evidence sessions

On Friday 12 July the Youth Select Committee held their second oral evidence session for their inquiry. The range of witnesses included MPs, intervention charities and young people. The session was shown live on the Parliament Live TV channel.

Footage from the Youth panel is available on Parliament Live.

On Friday 5th July the Committee held their first session and heard from a Government minister, members of the police and community organisers.

Additionally, transcripts of both evidence sessions are available to read.

The Committee's final report will be available to read on Thursday 21 November 2019.

Knife crime inquiry 2019

Knife crime was voted as the top issue in the Make Your Mark ballot that consulted 1.1 million young people.

As part of the inquiry the Committee will look at issues including:

  • Is the Government strategy doing enough to effectively combat knife crime?
  • Are there trends in the statistics of who is perpetrating and who are the victims of knife crime?
  • How is knife crime affecting public services?

A full terms of reference can be found on the British Youth Council website.

What is the YSC?

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 15-18 and include Members of the UK Youth Parliament, Youth Councillors and representatives from each of the devolved nations. The YSC receives induction training and mentoring from parliamentary Clerks and British Youth Council staff.

Look at past inquiries


In 2018 the YSC conducted an inquiry on the topic of Work Experience.

  • 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 the Committee’s recommendations.


In 2017 the YSC conducted an inquiry focusing on the topic of Body Image.

Further information

British Youth Council: Youth Select Committee
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