Next steps

If your local council don’t respond well to your suggestion that they look at their facilities for teenagers from the point of view of gender, or if they don’t respond at all, there are some further steps you can take.

As a first step, you can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out whether your council has complied with the Public Sector Equality Duty, and how they have thought about the needs of teenage girls in their planning. The good things about using the Freedom of Information Act are: 

  • councils are legally required to respond to request under the Freedom of Information Act – this stops your request simply getting ignored by a councillor or council official who just has too much on their plate;
  • councils must have procedures for responding to these requests and follow a Code of Conduct;
  • there is a 20 working day time frame for responding; so requests for information cant keep getting pushed to the bottom of the “to do” list.

We have produced some downloadable resources to do this: a simple explanation about the Freedom of Information Act; and a sample letter making a request, based on one that we used early on in our work. You can find these documents at the bottom of this page. 

If you make a request, you should get some information and we would hope that this will focus their minds on the fact that they need to make parks more welcoming to teenage girls.

Should you get to this stage, please do let us know how you get on our contact form. And if even a FOI request doesn’t work, then also get in touch and we will see if we can help further.