Investing in youth work
At the Youth Work Summit held in Parliament, NYA launched the NYA Youth Work Academy and NYA Youth Work Research Hub, two new ventures from the NYA which invest in the experience, evidence and national standards for youth work. Each will provide a collaborative learning space for the youth sector and improve youth work understanding and practice development through research collaborations respectively.
NYA Chief Executive Leigh Middleton said “We are very pleased to announce these two new investments from the NYA for the good of the sector, to help drive collaboration and to champion the cause of youth work.”
Some 150 leading representatives of the youth work sector, including youth workers and young people, were joined at the Summit by senior politicians and government officials. They heard a cross-party panel of MPs, supported by NYA, call for clear guidance and investment to support local youth services and a coherent workforce strategy with renewed national standards for youth work.
The summary findings and recommendations from the APPG inquiry into youth work also called for the youth work sector and other bodies to fully engage in the forthcoming government consultation on the statutory duty to provide appropriate local youth services including the value added by good youth work.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Chair for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs said: “Youth services improve the life chances of young people. Yet cuts of nearly 70% has left young people with nowhere to go, nothing to do and no one to speak to. This cross-party inquiry makes a clear set of recommendations to look again at what support young people need now and to meet their needs for the future.”
For more information on the NYA Youth Work Academy or NYA Youth Work Research Hub, please contact NYA Development Director AmandaF@nya.org.uk
For more information on the APPG for Youth Affairs’ inquiry into Youth Work, please contact JonathanH@nya.org.uk