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Cross party report calls for cabinet minister for youth policy

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs has released its final report from the Youth Work Inquiry.

Established in 1998, the APPG for Youth Affairs was established aims to raise the profile of issues that affect and concern young people, encourage dialogue between parliamentarians, young people and youth services, and encourage a co-ordinated and coherent approach to youth policy making.

The report details the following 6 key recommendations:

1)      There should be a minister responsible who has a portfolio focussed on young people.

2)      There needs to be greater investment in youth work and commitment to support for youth services in the next Comprehensive Spending Review.

3)      The Government should introduce a clear statutory duty and guidance that defines a minimum and protected level of youth service.

4)      There should be a lead role confirmed in each local authority responsible for discharging the statutory duty.

5)      The Government should develop a workforce strategy including expectations for the ratio of professional youth workers, trainees and volunteers.

6)      There needs to be a standardised and national system for evaluating the sufficiency and suitability of youth services and quality of youth work provision.

The report also calls for further investment, research and development to understand how youth work and associated services adapt to new environments.

Chair of the APPG, Lloyd Russell Moyle said  ‘It is seven years since the last parliamentary inquiry into youth services and youth work. Over the years youth work has borne the brunt of significant spending cuts. Recent events and reports suggest the loss of youth work has had a negative impact on young people and communities.

In the face of rapid technological change and major economic and societal challenges we need to look again at what support young people need now and to meet their needs for the future.’

Read the full report here