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19 June 2020

The National Youth Agency (NYA) and the Federation for Detached Youth Work (FDYW) have published guidance on delivering detached youth work during COVID-19.

We support this guidance, the development of which London Youth had some input into. It is important to note however that this is not official Government guidance.

It will not apply to all youth organisations or answer all questions that youth organisations have about reopening services as we move into the next phase of the pandemic response. Members interested in delivering safe and socially distanced youth provision should read more about NYA’s youth sector guidance.

Detached youth work is a distinct professional specialisation within youth work. We encourage our members to be cautious and carefully manage risks while adopting new forms of provision. This resource may be of use to many youth organisation considering additional outreach or adapted provision due to COVID-19.

Please note that youth workers delivering detached provision are still required to have proof that they are delivering an essential service (eg, a letter from a local authority) .


What this guidance includes

This is a very practical guide that includes operational resources for youth workers delivering detached provision during COVID-19:

  • Practical guidance for detached and street-based youth workers
  • Good practice
  • Risk assessment in detached youth work
  • The role of reflective practice in maintaining a commitment to young
    people’s participation
  • Detached youth work kit list

Read more about how we’re supporting our members during COVID-19, including official guidance and funding resources.