An NYA response to the Civil Society Strategy

9 Aug 2018

NYA endorses the proposed review on statutory youth service guidance

NYA welcomes plans in today’s Civil Society Strategy to review the guidance handed from government to local authorities on what constitutes an appropriate youth service, and hopes that further details and timescales will be made available soon.

Chief Executive, Leigh, said “We are pleased to see youth work officially championed by the Government and recognising the transformational impact of youth services . Young people deserve access to effective and widely available youth services. We know local councils want to invest more in youth service but have been forced to de-prioritise youth services in the face of budget cuts in recent years – we believe this government review will recognise this and hand down the stronger appropriate guidance to address it”

NYA are keen to see how the results of this review synchronise with the findings of the APPG for Youth Affairs’ Inquiry into Youth Work, due to be released in the Autumn. NYA, on behalf of the APPG, have received over 100 pieces of valuable evidence from youth workers,  youth work organisations, Local Authorities and Higher Education Institutions and we would expect the review to address some of the key findings drawn from that evidence.

The strategy also lays out plans to measure the impact of youth work and build an evidence base to find what works in youth work. NYA are confident that this will recognise the life changing and unique qualities of professional youth work practice and that the proposed Impact measurement framework will reflect this.

NYA are also thrilled to see plans in the Civil Society Strategy to engage young people in designing future policy. NYA are passionate about increasing youth participation in a meaningful way.

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