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Youth charities are ‘running on empty’

Youth charities are ‘running on empty’

Loss of funding and job cuts threaten the closure of many youth services through the winter. Left unprotected, youth services have already been cut by over 70% in less than a decade.  For every £16 cut on local services, £1 falls on youth work. While funding has been committed for schools and employment initiatives and some charities, delayed government funding for the youth sector has left many charities ‘running on empty’ with depleted reserves and income slashed by half or more.

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Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Drug Gangs Use Social Media To Groom Young People In County Towns

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:

  1. There is an increasing trend for gangs to target vulnerable young people in county-towns and rural areas, as well as moving young people across county lines.
  2. This has been supported by increased use and diversification of social media platforms to groom different types of young people in-county and across county lines.
  3. There is a lack of sufficient youth services and support for young people in many of the county towns and rural areas, with a concentration of diversionary projects in the urban cities where gangs operate from.

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Outside, Looking In Employment Report

Outside, Looking In Employment Report

Guidance for Local Authorities on Providing Youth Services

Guidance for Local Authorities on Providing Youth Services

Our new guidance supports local authorities in their statutory duty to secure local services. This includes the meaningful engagement of young people to ensure access to quality youth services at a neighbourhood level, whether they are directly delivered, commissioned by or run independently from the local authority.

Inside Out NYA-Brook 2020

Inside Out NYA-Brook 2020

This paper builds on the insights from the ‘Out of Sight?’ research report, on the known and emerging needs of young people through COVID-19, published by the National Youth Agency (NYA) in April 2020. We explore the impact of the pandemic on young people’s health and the role of young people’s services in support of vulnerable young people, in particular. The report draws on desk research carried out in July 2020 and valuable insights from Brook health practitioners and NYA team of specialist youth workers.

NYA COVID-19 Response July 2020

NYA COVID-19 Response July 2020

Call to mobilise youth workers as key workers

Youth workers have an important role to play in supporting young people. This report summarises key recommendations and the latest research carried out by the National Youth Agency (NYA) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It calls for lessons to be learned as we emerge from national lockdown, in response to local lockdowns and for sustained support to secure youth services for young people over the long term.

Time Out: Re-Imagining Schools – COVID-19

Time Out: Re-Imagining Schools – COVID-19

This paper builds on the insights from the ‘Out of Sight?’ research report, on the known and emerging needs of young people through COVID-19, published by the National Youth Agency (NYA) in April 2020.

We explore the role of youth services and youth work in schools and colleges, and the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable young people, in particular.

The report draws on valuable insights from our partners, based on their work with young people.

Hidden in Plain Sight – Gangs and Exploitation

Hidden in Plain Sight – Gangs and Exploitation

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

This new report includes insight from the front line of youth workers on their increased concerns for street-gangs and organised criminal gangs.

The importance of youth services has been stressed by national police chiefs, the Children’s Commissioner for England and recent national inquiries. NYA is calling for:

  • Youth services to be classified as an essential service and youth workers given key worker status
  • Clear Home Office guidance to embed youth services in Violence Reduction Units and other agencies now to meet immediate needs, and sustained over time
  • A Youth Service Guarantee, recommended by the Home Affairs select committee, to secure long term funding and greatly increase the number of youth workers

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Out of Sight: Vulnerable Young People: COVID-19 Response

Out of Sight: Vulnerable Young People: COVID-19 Response

This report highlights the scale and prevalence of young people’s needs that are amplified by the pandemic. It draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, with valuable insights from partners and young people from across the youth sector. Our thanks in particular to the Centre for Youth Impact, Young Minds, NCS Trust and the NYA youth work experts group convened in response to COVID-19, and for the continued support from colleagues at Public Health England, National Police Chiefs’ Council, Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Children’s Services

Responding to Youth Violence through Youth Work

Responding to Youth Violence through Youth Work

About this report

The issue of gang and youth violence has increasingly become a problem within some of the major cities across the United Kingdom. As figures related to knife and gun related violence soar in cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, academics, youth work practitioners and politicians alike are seeking answers to explain why in recent times violence is on the rise. What is critical at present is to identify which interventions are appropriate to engage in the issue with the aim of addressing it, reducing harm in the short term and prevention in the longer term. Therefore, this report will explore and highlight the need for youth work as a one of the appropriate responses to youth criminality.

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A guide to commissioning outcomes for young people

A guide to commissioning outcomes for young people

The purpose of this guidance from the National Youth Agency (NYA) is two-fold: firstly, to provide a guide for commissioners on how to involve young people in the commissioning process; secondly, to demonstrate how youth work and youth workers could be commissioned to deliver outcomes.

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APPG Inquiry into Youth Work Report 2019

APPG Inquiry into Youth Work Report 2019

Research and Policy APPG Inquiry into Youth Work Report 2019

The National Youth Agency (NYA) supported the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs (APPG) to lead a full national inquiry into youth work. The APPG Members of Parliament invited organisations from across England to submit evidence to the inquiry team, led by the NYA, to inform the analysis and findings of the inquiry.

Over 100 pieces of evidence were submitted from youth work projects, young people and practitioners. The NYA is grateful to the cross party group of MP’s who will lead this inquiry and special thanks also to the APPG secretariat British Youth Council and YMCA England & Wales for supporting this endeavour. On 4th April 2019, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP launched the final report of the Inquiry into youth work. 

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Exploring the connection between social mobility and financial capability

Exploring the connection between social mobility and financial capability

The National Youth Agency is a member of the Single Guidance Financial Body (formerly Money Advice Service) Young Adults Steering Group and this report explores the idea that better financial capability can improve the social mobility of disadvantaged young people by helping raise awareness of the implications of financial decisions in the short, medium, and long-term.

Although there is strong evidence that financial capability can make a difference to how young people manage their money in the short-term, the impact this has on long-term social mobility is less clear. However, there are a range of innovative programmes that show how improved financial skills help young people to progress in their everyday lives. This paper argues that these positive steps can make an important contribution to their long term future.

QAA benchmarks for youth and community work 2017

QAA benchmarks for youth and community work 2017

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COVID-19 Readiness Level

Readiness Level

Y

What does this mean?

** From 19th July 2021 we can confirm that the youth sector remains at YELLOW in the readiness framework, but with substantial changes to the NYA guidance**

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