REVIEWING THE STATUTORY GUIDANCE - YOUTH WORK PROVISION
OCTOBER 10, 2019
As already reported, a review of the statutory guidance for council youth service provision has been launched by Civil society minister Mims Davies saying the review would focus on services to reduce social isolation among young people. (Read more here)
Announcing the review, Mims Davies announced that the intention is for it to focus on the "positive role local authorities can play" in the way they secure and offer services for young people. She hoped the review would "provide greater clarity" around the government's expectations of councils, "including the value added by good youth work".
"We need to ensure young people have the opportunities to develop new skills and have fun outside the classroom," she continued. We know access to youth workers and youth services transforms people's lives and in some instances keep them safe. We do want new guidance that is fit for purpose and offers the potential to form new and lasting partnerships that benefit our young people now and in the future."
The National Youth Agency, alongside the LGA is supporting the government review and guidance on what is considered a sufficient level of youth work to help secure quality services and activities for young people and has begun hosting a series of regional events to gather sector views.
It has been reported by Children and Young People Now that the review process will begin with a series of sector led roundtables, including the Youth Voice Steering Group which was set up following the publication of the Civil Society Strategy, the LGA and the National Advisory Board of the NYA. A public call for evidence is due to open for eight weeks over the summer, from late July to September.
A general debate on the role and sufficiency of youth services has been listed to take place on the afternoon of the 24th July 2019.
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