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As a youth sector body, we provide information, guidance and insight into the issues affecting our sector.  


We hold Commissions to investigate key policy issues and offer recommendations for both government and the sector as a whole.  Please see the links below for further details:


Policy Briefings

We produce briefings to update and support the sector on key topics.   Visit our briefings page to download our recent briefing documents.

Policy News and Updates

As part of our strategic commitment to support the youth sector we provide a monthly update on policy news that affects both the workforce and the young people we serve.  Download the a copy of the policy note below and if you would like to be notified each month when it has been updated, please join the Knowledge Hub Group ‘Supporting Services for Young People.’

Policy Note for December 2013

Policy Note for January 2014

Policy Note for February 2014

Policy Note for March 2014

Also - don’t forget to check our press releases for policy news



The future for outcomes: a practical guide to measuring outcomes for young people

This document brings together recent developments around outcomes based work with young people. Commissioned by the Local Government Association, it includes a discussion of the concepts, illustrated by findings from the pilots, and a step-by-step approach to designing an evaluation framework that focuses on outcomes.

The future for outcomes: the calculator in practice

This short paper summarises the learning from development of the calculator and piloting with two local authorities: Norfolk County Council and Staffordshire County Council.

The Role of Youth Work in Supporting Troubled Families

The role of youth work in supporting troubled families

This publication has been produced to meet local authority youth work teams’ requests for more practical examples and case studies of current and potential involvement in the TF programme

Case studies of youth work involvement in the Troubled Families Programme

Detailed case studies of how four local authorities are involving youth workers in the delivery of the Troubled Families Programme.

Youth Services in England: The State of the Nation

This publication provides a ‘state of the nation’ snapshot of the state of youth services within England. It is produced by the National Youth Agency (NYA) as part of its Routes to Success programme with the Local Government Association (LGA).

Business Engagement

The National Youth Agency (NYA ), as part of its on-going work with the Local Government Association (LGA), has conducted a pilot project to test whether it is possible to leverage resources from the business community into the voluntary youth sector. Earlier research carried out by the NYA found that the business sector is already supporting services for young people in two thirds of local authorities however there is need to move from an ad hoc to a more strategic approach. There was an evident willingness to engage further from both business and local authorities.

Working with the British Chamber of Commerce and Manchester City Council the National Youth Agency undertook a project to test out whether it was possible to deliver support to voluntary youth groups via business, brokered by an intermediary.


Business Mapping Report

The National Youth Agency (NYA), as part of its on-going work with the Local Government Association (LGA), has conducted a project to map and promote what the business community is already doing with regards to supporting service delivery for young people in out of school settings.

The project captures the many ways businesses are supporting young people through a survey of Heads of Youth Services (or equivalent) and interviews providing case study examples of practice from councils and from the business community.

The report can be found here.