Policy and Influencing

London Youth is committed to ensuring that the views and interests of young Londoners and of our 450 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.

  • Responding to central and local government consultations and strategies.

  • Advocating positions that articulate the views of our members.

  • Leading the conversation with reports based on our knowledge and providing analysis on the policy context to our members.

  • Supporting networks, as key forums for members to share expertise and influence in specific areas.

Our policy resources

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 policy update for December 2018

    08 January 2019

    Welcome to this month’s update on the policy context for London Youth members. You can find previous policy updates here. Our policy work Champion London Youth Our campaign, Champion London Youth, is continuing to challenge negative stereotypes about young people and make the case for high quality, open access youth work in every young Londoner’s local community. […]

  • Our policy update for November 2018

    05 December 2018

    Welcome to this month’s update on the policy context for London Youth members. You can find previous policy updates here. Our policy work Champion London Youth In our our new campaign, Champion London Youth, we’ve joined forces with the sportswear brand Champion to challenge negative stereotypes about young people. The campaign comes to life through a […]

  • Have your say on the Women & Equalities Committee’s Mental Health of Men and Boys Inquiry

    04 December 2018

    The House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee is calling for submissions to their Mental Health of Men and Boys Inquiry, closing on 24th February 2019. The consultation The committee considers that awareness of the mental health problems affecting men and boys has increased in recent years, but too little is known about what affects mental health […]

  • Our response to Labour’s Building a Statutory Youth Service

    03 December 2018

    The Labour Party have consulted on their policy, Building a Statutory Youth Service, which closed on 30th November. Our response London Youth strongly supports a commitment to put the youth sector on a statutory basis. Access to free, high-quality youth provision for all, to complement the education system, is essential to supporting young people’s physical, mental, […]

  • Whitehall

    Our policy update for October 2018

    06 November 2018

    Welcome to this month’s update on the policy context for London Youth members. See here for our previous policy updates. Our policy activities Consultations We are currently responding to the Labour Party’s consultation on Building a Statutory Youth Service, which closes on the 30th of November. This is an important opportunity for us to shape youth policy at […]

  • Notes from the Tackling Youth Violence Network, October 2018

    02 November 2018

    On Tuesday 30th October, our Tackling Youth Violence Network met for their latest meeting, kindly hosted by Barking & Dagenham CVS at the Ripple 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 violence programmes. It’s an opportunity […]

  • 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, […]