• 9th September: Youth organisations and new COVID-19 restrictions

    The National Youth Agency (NYA) have confirmed with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) that, despite new restrictions in England, the youth sector is being treated as an essential service and services can continue as before so long as organisations are COVID-19 secure to NYA guidance standards. You can find out more […]

  • Our response to the Parliamentary Life Beyond COVID Inquiry

    The House of Lords’ COVID-19 Committee has called for evidence on its Life Beyond COVID Inquiry, which closed on Sunday 31st September 2020. Our response Read our full response below. We had the following key messages: London Youth notes how vital youth work is in the lives of many young people, including some of the […]

  • Our summary of London’s Lost Youth Services 2020

    On 29th July 2020, Siân Berry AM published London’s Lost Youth Services 2020, the fifth in a series of reports documenting the dramatic decline in local authority funding for youth services in London boroughs since 2011/12. You can find out more about previous versions of the report here: 2018 and 2019. The report Key figures […]

  • Mayor of London: Stark warning about the future of London’s youth clubs

    Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has issued a warning about the impact of COVID-19 on the capital’s community youth organisations. He notes that a new era of austerity risks sending the sector “back to square one” and leaving young Londoners without support when they need it most. He calls for an end to cuts […]

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

    On 13th July 2020, the Youth Violence Commission published its final report into the root causes of serious violence affecting young people and long-term solutions to this complex problem. The report highlights the drivers of lack of investment in children’s early years, exclusion from education, lack of investment in youth services, cuts to policing, the […]

  • Our statement on the Chancellor’s Summer Statement 2020

    #Plansforjobs Today’s statement by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, reinforced the Government’s commitment to ‘protect, support and create jobs’ through the uncertain recovery period ahead. Their specific solutions to rapidly rising youth unemployment have been encouraging to see given the pandemic has hit young workers hard and fast: Young people are more likely to be furloughed […]

  • Our summary of COVID-19 Amber Readiness Level

    As of 6th July, the National Youth Agency’s readiness level for the youth sector has changed to Amber. Read the guidance here. The following youth sector activity is permitted, subject to a COVID-19 Action Plan and Risk Assessment and meeting the Government’s COVID-19 Secure guidelines: Online and digital youth services Detached local youth activities, including […]

  • Our statement on COVID-19 youth sector guidance

    On behalf of London Youth, The Young People’s Foundation Trust and Partnership for Young London, we welcome the release of national guidance to support the delivery of services for children and young people as we move into the next phase of the pandemic response. The National Youth Agency has produced guidance in consultation with Public […]

  • Our summary of COVID-19 youth sector guidance

    The National Youth Agency (NYA) have published guidance with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive on managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19. This guidance was updated on 8th August 2020. We support this guidance, the development of which London Youth had some input into. You can find our joint statement […]