Councils welcome government review of guidance for youth services

A review of the statutory guidance for council-provided youth services has been launched by the government.

Civil society minister Mims Davies made the announcement, stating that the review will “focus on the positive role local authorities can play in the provision of youth services.”

The review will take social into account social isolation, and with many local areas adapting new models of services, it is hoped that the review will provide greater clarity of the government’s expectations.

Mims Davies said: “We need to ensure young people have the opportunities to develop new skills and have fun outside the classroom.

“We know access to youth workers and youth services transforms people’s lives and, in some instances, keep them safe.

“I want this key review to take into account social isolation in young people especially those who are most vulnerable like young carers. We do want new guidance that is fit for purpose and offers the potential to form new and lasting partnerships that benefit our young people now and in the future.”

The review process will begin with a series of sector-led roundtables which will include the Youth Voice Steering Group, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Advisory Board of the National Youth Agency.

There will also be a public call for evidence lasting eight weeks over the summer, from late July to September.

Anntionette Bramble, chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, welcomed the review and said that councils had worked hard to give young people the best start in life amidst “challenging financial circumstances.”

She commented: “However, provision has changed significantly in recent years, as have some of the main issues facing young people.

“We look forward to working with government on this review, which is a good opportunity to take stock of youth services across the country and look at how councils, central government and partners can work together to make sure that every young person is able to thrive.”


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