NYA awarded National Lottery Funding for COVID-19 Project

National Youth Agency are pleased to receive almost £300,000 in support from The National Lottery Community Fund to run the Routes to Success project The National Lottery Community Fund’s COVID-19 emergency funding has awarded the Routes to Success project almost £300,000 to spend over the next six months to support the delivery of activities designed

National Youth Work Curriculum Published

The National Youth Agency (NYA) is delighted to announce that the National Curriculum for Youth Work, a new framework for England, was published today.   The new curriculum will enable a greater understanding of youth work practice, provide an educational framework and act as a reference tool to be used by decision makers, policy makers, commissioners, youth workers and young people.  Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth

Level 3 Youth Support Worker Apprenticeship Approved

    The National Youth Agency (NYA) is delighted to announce that the Level 3 Youth Support Worker Apprenticeship has been approved and will be launching shortly.  Full information, including how to enrol will be available on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website (www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/).  NYA led the Trailblazer group, chaired by Carol Stone, who worked with training providers, youth workers, local authorities and the voluntary sector to write and develop

Young People’s Lives Turned ‘Inside Out’

A new report on young people’s health in response to COVID-19 The fall-out from the crisis on school exam results has created a crisis of confidence for many young people, uncertain of their future. Its impact is far-reaching and has compounded existing inequalities made worse by COVID-19. A new report, ‘Inside Out’, published today, highlights

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

Over One Million Young People ‘Off the Radar’ During Lockdown

A call to mobilise youth workers as key workers in response to COVID-19 Just at the time when they were needed the most, many youth work projects stopped or become severely restricted due to lockdown.  More than 300,000 young people have gone off the radar, no longer accessing any form of provision or activity during

New Advice Issued To Increase Levels of Permitted Youth Sector Activities

Safely planning youth activities and spaces during COVID 19 New advice released allows increased levels of youth sector activity in England. The permitted level of activity has moved to amber from red under guidance published by the National Youth Agency (NYA). Publishing the Amber Alert guidance today NYA CEO Leigh Middleton said: “Our aim is

Summer Activities and a Return to School

A Youth Work Response to COVID-19 Time out from school since March raises real fears for young people’s education and wellbeing. For vulnerable young people ‘off the radar’, with little or no contact with formal and statutory services, there are concerns too for their safety. There is an urgent need to regain lost ground in

Advice and guidance to support young people through COVID-19

NYA launches new advice on youth sector activities National Youth Agency (NYA) has today published advice and a toolkit of resources to support youth sector activity during COVID-19, to complement government guidance in line with public health and safety measures. Youth sector activities are run by local groups, charities, community organisations and local authorities or as part of national

‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ – A Youth Work Response to Gangs and Exploitation during COVID-19

Headline statistics show a fall in gang-activity and exploitation. However a new report from the National Youth Agency (NYA) shows that gangs have adapted to COVID-19, changing locations and grooming new recruits – hidden in plain sight of those in authority. “More young people are in potentially unsafe environment with little or no contact and