Policy and Influencing

London Youth is committed to ensuring that the views and interests of young Londoners and of our 400 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

  • Policy Update, August 2018

    07 September 2018

    Welcome to London Youth’s monthly update on the policy context for our members and the youth sector. You can find July’s update here. Politics & Policy Parliament returned on 4th September. Next month, Labour will hold their conference in Liverpool between the 23rd and 26th September. The Conservative conference will be in Birmingham between the 30th and […]

  • Notes from the Tackling Youth Violence Network, August 2018

    29 August 2018

    On Tuesday 21st August, we held the latest meeting of our Tackling Youth Violence Network. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Young Westminster Foundation at the Abbey Centre. The network, which has been running since 2012, is a unique forum in London that regularly brings together youth workers and other specialists involved in front-line youth […]

  • Our response to the Home Affairs Committee’s Serious Violence Inquiry

    20 August 2018

    The Commons Home Affairs Committee is conducting a Serious Violence Inquiry into the effectiveness of the Government’s approach in combatting knife crime, gun crime and homicide and called for written evidence by 16 august 2018. The consultation The inquiry is looking at the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was published in April. The inquiry wants to know about the […]

  • Our summary of the Government’s Civil Society Strategy

    10 August 2018

    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) have released their Civil Society Strategy. The strategy lays out the Government’s plans for the civil society and is the first such strategy in 15 years. The strategy is also the Government’s central planning for youth policy, following the decision to abandon the planned youth policy […]

  • Policy Update, July 2018

    06 August 2018

    Welcome to the first of our new monthly updates on the policy context for London Youth’s members and the youth sector more broadly. Politics July was a busy month, but now Parliament is in recess until 5th September and party conferences will be taking place from end of Sept. The largest announcement for the sector […]

  • Have your say on Labour’s Building a Statutory Youth Service

    03 August 2018

    The Labour Party have announced an open consultation on their new policy to build a statutory youth service, closing on 12th November. The consultation The Labour Party is consulting on a new policy commitment to place universal youth provision on a statutory basis if they were in government. Their draft policy would mandate every local […]

  • Have your say on the Mayor’s Sports Strategy

    01 August 2018

    The Mayor of London is consulting on Sports for All of Us: London Sport Strategy, closing on 12th October. The consultation The strategy, while acknowledging the physical and mental health benefits of sports, is largely framed in terms of social integration and aligns with the Mayor’s Social Integration Strategy. The strategy has five priority areas: London’s […]

  • Our view on Labour’s Building a Statutory Youth Service

    31 July 2018

    London Youth supports Labour’s commitment to put the youth sector on a statutory basis and calls for all parties to follow suit. Today the Labour Party announced its commitment to providing youth services on a statutory basis across England. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Cat Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth […]