Southwark Youth Parliament

Southwark Youth Parliament (SYP) is a group of young people, elected by young people to represent the voices of young people through their schools and local area. With the aim to give young people an opportunity to influence on council decision-making and working alongside council officers and elected members on addressing priority topics that matter most to the young people of Southwark.

See what the Southwark Youth Parliament has been up to.

Southwark Youth Parliament are leading on 3 priority issues that are key topics for the young people in Southwark. During their two-year term, they have worked and created podcasts on these important issues:

  1. Black Lives Matter
  2. Knife Crime
  3. Mental Health

We are looking for two representatives from your school or youth group to become Southwark Youth Council members and represent the voices of your peers. There is no limit to the number of people that can register to stand as candidates. Your school or group will vote to decide on the two candidates they want representing them.

Who can apply

Young people between the ages of 14 and 19 (year 9 to year 13) who live in Southwark are eligible to apply. You can represent either your school or local area. If successful, you will become part of the Youth Parliament for a term of two years.

Reasons to sign up

Be a voice for your peers

Joining the Youth Parliament gives you the opportunity to represent the interests and concerns of young people in Southwark. Make a difference by advocating for positive change in your community.

Gain valuable skills

By being a member of the Youth Parliament, you will develop essential skills such as public speaking, leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. These skills will be valuable throughout your life and future career.

Network and connect 

Join a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a difference. Connect with other young people, community leaders, and organisations working to improve the lives of youth in Southwark.

Influence decisions

As a member of the Youth Parliament, you will have the opportunity to influence policies and decisions that affect young people in Southwark. Help shape the future and ensure that your generation's voice is heard.

Register now to stand as a candidate for your school or local area

The deadline for applications is 30 June. Whether you're interested in representing your school or local area, this is your chance to make an impact.

More information

To learn more about Southwark Youth Parliament, email

Page last updated: 31 May 2023

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