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

  • Our summary of public health approach discussions at the London Assembly

    16 October 2018

    On 4th October 2018, the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee questioned Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden on the public health approach announced by the Mayor of London. The committee The Police & Crime Committee’s role is to scrutinise Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden and the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC), to investigate policing and crime reduction issues in London, […]

  • Our response to the Mayor’s Sport Strategy

    15 October 2018

    The Mayor of London has consulted on the draft Sports for All of Us: London Sport Strategy, which closed on 12th October. Our response London Youth generally supports the vision and themes of the Mayor’s strategy. We strongly support accessible and sustainable community sport provision for its own sake and note the wide range of physical, […]

  • Our summary of the Parliamentary debate on youth services and violence

    11 October 2018

    On 10th October 2018, there was an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the role of youth services in tackling violence. We have summarised it for our members below. The debate An adjournment debate is a half-hour debate at the end of the sitting day, in which MPs can debate an important issue […]

  • Notes from the Wellbeing and Mental Health Network, October 2018

    10 October 2018

    On the 9th of October, we held the latest meeting of our Wellbeing and Mental Health Network. A big thank you to our excellent speakers. This network was established to assist youth work professionals in supporting the wellbeing and mental health needs of the young people they work with. It is open to London Youth members, […]

  • Policy Update, September 2018

    30 September 2018

    Welcome to this month’s update on the policy context for London Youth members. See here for our last update. Politics & Policy The last month has been dominated by party conferences, particularly Labour’s in Liverpool on 23rd – 26th September and the Conservatives’ in Birmingham between 30th September – 3rd October. The focus was largely on Brexit and very little […]

  • Our statement on the Mayor’s public health approach

    19 September 2018

    London Youth strongly supports Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s commitment to lead on delivering a public health approach on serious violence for young Londoners. We acknowledge that this is only the first step in delivering a safer city for young Londoners. That will require the serious and sustained support of every stakeholder in the city. […]

  • 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 […]