Supporting young people in the present and investing for the future
A major new inquiry reports its findings and recommendations on youth work and youth services, the first such cross-party inquiry since 2010-11 when public spending cuts led to a loss of youth services and dissipation of youth work.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Affairs calls for:
- A new compact between government and agencies, supporting young people in the present and ambitious for their future, which recognises the benefits of youth work
- A fundamental review of spending of youth services as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, to secure the investment needed in youth work
- The reinstatement of the role of Ofsted as a driver for the quality of youth work and services, for the personal and social development of the young person and resilience of the community
This is in response in part to the national crisis reported in youth violence and mental health, but also to support those young people too often “overlooked” – who don’t meet the threshold for statutory services – and who pass through life without the extra help they need to get on in life, for somewhere to go to and someone trusted to talk to in a safe place in their community to meet friends.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Chair APPG 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 ambitions for the future.”
Ben Bradley MP, APPG Youth Affairs said:
“There is a rich history and some great examples of youth work across the public sector, voluntary, community and faith organisations. Yet we lack a coherent approach to secure and sustain youth work. It is essential to help young people make their way in the modern world. With 85% of a young person’s waking hours spent outside formal education, youth work has a major role to play.”
- To download the inquiry recommendations: https://nya.org.uk/appg-report-2018/
- The NYA Youth Work Summit: held in Parliament (Portcullis House, Attlee Suite; 9.45am to 2.45pm) with some 150 leading representatives from the youth sector and senior politicians; including representatives from: DCMS (Office for Civil Society); Local Government Association (Children and Young People); Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
- Media interviews and visit to Lewisham, youth centre and adventure playground: 3.45-4.45pm; London SE4 2JD (Turnham Road, Honor Oak Youth Club): 5 minutes walk from Crofton Park Overground station
The inquiry is part of the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs. This received written evidence, held parliamentary hearings and visited local youth projects and services, May to September 2018. The National Youth Agency supported the cross-party group of MPs in running this inquiry. The National Youth Agency is the national body for youth work; for more information about youth work visit www.nya.org.uk
APPG for Youth Affairs was established in 1998 to raise the profile of issues that affect and concern young people, encourage dialogue between parliamentarians, young people and youth services, and encourage a co-ordinated and coherent approach to youth policy making. The British Youth Council and YMCA England & Wales are the permanent secretariat for the APPG.