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Unite continues the call for a statutory youth service in its response to the Parliamentary Inquiry on the role and sufficiency of youth work

JANUARY 29, 2020

The Parliamentary Inquiry on the role and sufficiency of youth work is part of the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs (APPG) which is a cross party group established in 1998 to raise the profile of issues that affect and concern young people, encourage dialogue between parliamentarians, young people and youth services, and encourage a co-ordinated and coherent approach to youth policy making.

The APPG is chaired by Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP who has been working closely with ChooseYouth and Unite to support the campaign for a statutory youth service.

Unite’s response to the inquiry sets out the need for a Youth Service Strategy outlining how a well-funded universal youth service sets young people on the path to success and how this can represent real value for money.

A well-funded youth service promotes social inclusion, encourages partnership working, assists young people at risk, gives young people hope and aspiration and is cost effective. ChooseYouth estimates, along with all previous professional calculations of resource requirements, that for just £350 a year per young person, all young people could have access to youth work services in their immediate locality.

Unite believes that the government needs to take this radical approach in order to deliver the youth work offer that young people in England deserve. A statutory youth service, with dedicated ring fenced funding, provided by a core of JNC qualified youth workers from the statutory and voluntary sector, working with trained and supported volunteers with one full time nationally qualified youth worker for every 400 young people.

Universal youth services have disappeared in many parts of the country, and youth work provision is instead often being used to ‘firefight’ and provide targeted responses rather than an open access service for all young people.

The consultation closed on 27th June 2018 and will be followed by parliamentary hearings and visits to youth service projects with its findings reported in October.

You can read Unite's response in full here.

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