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

  • 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 […]

  • Our summary of the Youth Violence Commission’s Interim Report

    20 July 2018

    The Youth Violence Commission is a cross-party commission that was launched in 2017 to examine the root causes of youth violence in England, Scotland, and Wales and to make policy recommendations to address them. The commission is made up of six MPs from the Labour, Conservative, Scottish National, and Liberal Democrat parties. It is chaired […]

  • Have your say on NCVO’s Code of Ethics

    12 July 2018

    NCVO is consulting on a new Code of Ethics for the charity sector, closing on 26th September. The consultation Due to recent high-profile misconduct and increased attention on the charity sector, NCVO is looking to create a voluntary code of ethics that will allow a framework for charities to update their own policies. It is intended […]

  • Our response to the APPG on Youth Affairs’ Youth Work Inquiry

    28 June 2018

    The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Affairs has established a Youth Work Inquiry into the current state of youth work in England. The first call for written evidence closed on 27th June. We  requested that members contribute to our response here. The consultation The inquiry, which was facilitated by the National Youth Agency, requested interested […]

  • Our response to the Mayor’s Culture Strategy

    25 June 2018

    On the 19th of June 2018, the Mayor of London’s closed the consultation on draft culture strategy, Culture for All Londoners. We called for members to submit evidence to our response here and also held a roundtable session with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and members involved with our Young Culture Makers programme. The strategy The theme […]