Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19


The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.

This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and your existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to.

The current readiness level for the youth sector is Amber, please read the Amber Aware document below. Please note that as of 06.07.2020 Leicester is still in Red readiness level. To see what that means for services in Leicester, please read the readiness toolkit below.

Everyone should read the supporting documents below and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England.

Additional tools and resources to support this guidance can be found here

National associations for specific types of organisations (uniformed, etc.) and activities may have additional advice and guidance to safeguard young people and in related areas of sports, culture and the arts, which are included in or make use of facilities for youth activities.The NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this guidance and approved of its release. NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this advice and guidance. Our thanks to:

  • Minister for Civil Society
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Youth and Loneliness Team)
  • Department for Education
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Girl Guides
  • Local Government Association
  • Onside
  • Princes Trust
  • Regional Youth Work Unit’s Network
  • Scouts
  • UK Youth
  • Unison
  • Unite the Union
  • Youth United Foundation members

If you have any feedback for us, please email

Please read our legal statement on the above guidance


Thanks to @natyouthagency who have issued guidance for managing youth activities & youth work spaces as #COVID19 restrictions begin to ease.

Click on the link below for some great guidance and resources.

GUIDANCE UPDATE: The @natyouthagency has changed the readiness level to AMBER

READ the new 'Amber Aware’ document alongside the existing guidance which is still current:

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