Fair Play for Children Online Library — Youth Work

A future at risk — Cuts in youth services

Aamong the various sources of support for young people that have been undermined and cut since 2010, youth services are perhaps the most misunderstood. This report examines what youth services and youth workers do, describes and analyses what has happened to funding for youth services in recent years, and discusses the impact of funding cuts. It also looks to the future, predicting the likely outcome if youth service cuts continue, and also makes positive recommendations.

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A future at risk Cuts in youth services

Youth services do a vital job in our communities. The benefits they provide for young people are real and long-lasting.

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APPG Youth Work Inquiry

Final Report Including Recommendations and Summary

April 2019

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Barcode Youth Cafe

Project in Weston-Super-Mare UK

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DCMS Youth Service Survey 2013

Local Authority Youth Services Survey Context The survey was submitted to 154 local authorities and we received responses from 98 (60%). Limited information is held by Central Government. The survey was undertaken to develop a broader understanding from frontline staff of how local authorities are meeting their statutory duty by securing services and activities for young people to improve their wellbeing.

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Local Authority Youth Services Survey Context 2013

The survey was submitted to 154 local authorities and we received responses from 98 (60%). Limited information is held by Central Government. The survey was undertaken to develop a broader understanding from frontline staff of how local authorities are meeting their statutory duty by securing services and activities for young people to improve their wellbeing [statutory duty below].

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Policies for Voluntary Youth Organisations

NCVYS Fact Sheet — August 2014

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Statutory Guidance on Postive Activities

3. Section 507B of the Education Act 1996 — introduced through section 6 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 — ensures for the first time that a single body ? working within the context of the children?s trust — holds lead responsibility for securing young people?s access to positive activities. The legislation also creates new legal requirements that place young people at the heart of decision making regarding the positive activity provision available to them, and which require local authorities to build in contestability when securing provision. In keeping with the legislation, local authorities should not assume the role of default provider of positive activities and should instead use planning and commissioning processes to identify the most appropriate provider; utilising the strengths of organisations within the voluntary and private sectors alongside those of the local authority itself (see paragraphs 64–75).

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The Statutory Basis of youth work

The briefing summarises the key provisions and arguments. The appendix sets out the clauses referred to in the paper to ease access to the detailed evidence.

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Tired of Hanging Around

Using Sports and leisure activities to prevent anti-social behaviour by young people

  • The Audit Commission, UK

Youth perceptions of how neighborhood physical environment and peers affect physical activity: a focus group study

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Sample

doi:10.1186/s12966–015–0246–9

Alan L. Smith (alsmith@msu.edu) Philip J. Troped (phil.troped@umb.edu) Meghan H. McDonough (mcdonough@purdue.edu) J. D. DeFreese (defreese@email.unc.edu)

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Youth social action in the UK — 2014

A face-to-face survey of 10–20 year olds in the UK

On behalf of the Cabinet Office, Ipsos MORI surveyed 2,038 10–20 year olds in summer 2014 to determine the proportion of young people involved in social action in the UK. The term ‘youth social action’, in this context, is defined as ‘practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ and covers a range of activities such as fundraising, supporting charities, tutoring and mentoring, supporting other people, and campaigning for causes. This survey provides a baseline measure of participation in youth social action in the UK, which will be tracked over the next six years. The surveys will inform, and help to measure the progress of, the #iwill campaign run by Step Up To Serve, which aims to raise the number of 10–20 year olds in the UK involved in meaningful social action by 50% by 2020.

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Jan Cosgrove

Jan Cosgrove

National Secretary of Fair Play for Children, Also runs Bognor Regis Herald online. Plus runs British Music Radio online