Policy and Influencing

London Youth is committed to ensuring that the views and interests of young Londoners and of our 320 members are reflected in public policy.

We make the case for good youth work and support young Londoners and those working with them to have a voice in the media and in policy development.

We ensure that our members have a say in the decisions that affect the work that they do by connecting them to sector stakeholders and policymakers and by influencing on their behalf.

Our activities include

  • Influencing sector stakeholders and policymakers on behalf of young people and our members.

  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the youth sector, local government, and central government.

  • Responding to central and local government consultations and strategies.

  • Advocating positions that articulate the views of our members.

  • Connecting our members with policymakers.

  • Providing analysis and updates on the policy context to our members.

  • Leading the conversation with reports based on our knowledge and expertise.

  • Supporting networks, as key forums for members to share expertise and influence in specific areas.

Contact us

For any enquiries, please contact our Policy Officer, Samuel Howell on 077 3661 9591 or email samuel.howell@londonyouth.org

Our latest policy updates

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    Notes from the Employability Network, June 2018

    13 June 2018

    On the 6th of June, we held a meeting of our Employability Network. The quarterly network brings together youth workers and other youth employability professionals to discuss key issues,  such as racial disparity and supporting young people with disabilities. It’s an opportunity for youth employability professionals to share best practice, to network, to be updated on the […]

  • Have your say on the Home Affairs Committee’s Serious Violence Inquiry

    11 June 2018

    The Commons Home Affairs Committee has opened an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Government’s approach in combatting knife crime, gun crime and homicide. The consultation The inquiry will look at the government’s Serious Violence Strategy , which was published in April. The strategy included the £1 million Community Fund and the £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund, which […]

  • Have your say on the APPG on Youth Affairs’ Youth Work Inquiry

    11 June 2018

    The APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) on Youth Affairs has established an inquiry  into the current state of youth work in England. The consultation The inquiry is interested in evidence on the following questions: What is the role of youth work in addressing the needs and opportunities for young people? Are the key issues and challenges […]

  • Our response to the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy

    11 June 2018

    On the 5th of June 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) closed the consultation on its new Integrated Communities Strategy. The strategy The strategy lays out the department’s plan for building strong integrated communities in the places where people live, work, learn, and socialise. The strategy identifies eight key focus areas: Strengthening leadership […]

  • Tariq, Dare Londoner: The importance of youth clubs

    25 May 2018

    On Thursday 24th of May, we were invited to present at the Public Policy Exchange’s event, Positive for Youth, Positive for Society: The Future of Youth Services. Tariq from our Dare London Youth Advisory Board spoke about what youth organisations mean to him and about what role they play in encouraging community involvement, social cohesion, and […]

  • Youth worker voices at the London Assembly

    25 May 2018

    On the 24th of May, London Youth supported youth workers from three member organisations to appear before the London Assembly’s Police & Crime Committee. The Police & Crime Committee‘s role is to scrutinise the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC), to investigate policing and crime reduction issues in London, and to make recommendations for improvements. The committee […]

  • Have your say on the Government’s Communities Strategy

    25 May 2018

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) is consulting on a new Integrated Communities Strategy. The strategy lays out the department’s plan for building strong integrated communities in the places where people live, work, learn, and socialise. The consultation The most relevant section for community youth organisations is Chapter 3: Education and Young People. MHCLG […]

  • Sadiq Khan launches culture strategy

    Have your say on the Mayor’s Culture Strategy

    18 May 2018

    The Mayor of London is consulting on a draft culture strategy, Culture for All Londoners. This consultation is an opportunity to share your views on the challenges and opportunities for culture in London and also on the Mayor’s plan to develop and support arts and culture in the capital that are accessible by all. The consultation […]