Leigh’s Blog – International Youth Day and Youth Work Week

Today marks International Youth Day and our commitment to support youth engagement for global action. Never has such a campaign been so vital for the UK, as we face outwards as a nation in response to the pandemic, global recession and climate challenge. It recognises, empowers and emboldens young people as an essential part of

Research roundup – Career aspirations for young people

Our Research and Learning Manager responds to the latest report on young people’s career aspirations from Education and Employers A lack of jobs is one of the biggest challenges young people face today, [1] yet by historic standards, youth unemployment is low after peaking at 1 million NEET in 2011, and a large proportion of

Five organisations recognised with new Hear by Right award

Five organisations awarded for encouraging youth voice Five organisations were today awarded the National Youth Agency’s Hear by Right at either Flagship or Active level. Hear by Right assesses and recognises organisation’s commitment to youth participation and promoting youth voice. After attending an insight session with NYA, the organisations reflected on their practice and implemented a

Young people and Gambling – A piece by Gamcare

Gifty Oduro-Anyan, Youth Outreach Coordinator at GamCare, aims to highlight why youth workers are crucial in raising awareness and tackling gambling problems for young people. “Miss, I can make like, £17 a week when I play ‘Money Up’”. This was a statement from a young man in year 10, who recently attended a free GamCare

Youth Work’s role in supporting young people’s mental health

A month on from Mental Health Awareness week, we here take a look at why youth work should be a part of the solution. During the adolescent years and the transition to adulthood there are many instances that can contribute to poor mental health and emotional wellbeing including; exam pressures, worries about future education, and

NYA Research Hub Launched – Bringing Practice and Research Together

Bringing Youth Work Practice and Research Together The National Youth Agency (NYA) Launches a new Hub to help youth work practice and research better inform each other. Across the country youth work is engaged in vital services and support across all aspects of young people’s lives, for example in the face of mounting challenges from

Young Londoners Fund – Youth Participation Toolkit

  The GLA and GLA Peer Outreach Workers are looking for London based organisations to be part of the development and creation of the Young Londoners Fund Youth Participation Toolkit. The National Youth Agency have been commissioned to create this toolkit which includes research, consultation and case study collections from organisations who are working with

National Youth Agency response to ADCS calls for wider children’s workforce development

The National Youth Agency (NYA), through its Education Training Standards Committee (ETS) is the recognised Regulatory Body (PSRB) for youth work in England. The NYA welcomes the recent ADCS paper on workforce development across the children and young people’s workforce, and supports its overall ambition and recommendations.[1] The ADCS report acknowledges the importance of early

The Lowry’s Youth Employability and Skills Programme win NYA sponsored award

    Last night at the Children and Young People Now awards 2018, The Lowry’s Youth Employability and Skills Programme won the Youth Work award, sponsored by the NYA. NYA CEO Leigh Middleton presented the award at the gala ceremony in London. The award was judged by a panel of experts and sector professionals as

The Common Third – A Kindred Spirit to Youth Work?

-by Jameel Hadi & Thure Johansen, Treehouse Associates The authors are indebted to Professor Pat Petrie, Professor Emeritus at Thomas Coram Research Unit at UCL and founding member of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) for her expertise, advice and help in editing this article. Treehouse Associates is an organisation which aims to develop and share