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 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 faced by young people being addressed by current youth service provisions?
  • Are there sufficient youth workers to support youth services and other delivery models for good quality youth work?
  • What are the training and workforce development needs to secure and sustain youth work?

The inquiry accepted evidence in any format before 27th June, and will be receive further evidence at Paliramaentary hearings and will also be visiting youth organisations around the country.

Our response

We know the power of good youth work and the impact of the organisations and people who deliver it.

Despite the expertise and professionalism of London’s youth workers, we do not believe that the youth sector in London currently has the resources and support that it needs to meaningfully address the challenges facing young Londoners. We have provided evidence on some of the challenges facing community youth organisations, particularly from changes to funding over the last decade.

This response was on behalf of London Youth and supported by Young Barnet Foundation, Young Brent Foundation, Young Camden Foundation, Young Ealing Foundation, Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation, Young Harrow Foundation, and Young Westminster Foundation.

Samuel Howell, Policy Officer