Drug gangs use social media to groom young people in county towns

New Report: Between The Lines Young people are being groomed locally – ‘on their door steps’ – as drug gangs and dealers adapt the way they work to exploit young people across county lines. A new report, Between The Lines, published today by the National Youth Agency (NYA) highlights: There is an increasing trend for

NYA in Conversation with Baroness Barran

We were delighted to welcome Baroness Diana Barran, Minister for Civil Society to a live Q&A session hosted with Equal Equity.  Thank you to everyone who sent in questions, and a special thank you to the fantastic panellists who joined us during the session.  If you missed the live webinar, you can watch it on

Treasury rapid review of government youth policies

Youth services and charities urged to respond to February consultation  The Treasury has initiated a spring review of programmes to support youth services. Led by DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) this will set policy direction for the out-of-school agenda, focusing on programmes currently in scope of DCMS, with a particular focus on

Our Workforce Reflections from 2020

 The Youth Worker Bursary Fund, launched in 2020, created opportunities to open up career pathways in youth work.  The fund widened access and secured youth work training for up to 450 youth workers to undertake the Level 2 and 3 training.  The training is run through the NYA Academy, and is delivering in partnership

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