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Government commits to new youth strategy

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 June 2017

Plans to publish a three-year youth policy are set to be pursued by the new government, the sector has been told.

Plans to scrap free school meals for primary school children and allow new grammar schools to be opened have not featured in the government's legislative plans for the new parliament.

Former children's minister Tim Loughton has described an apparent lack of firm government plans to improve services for children and young people as "concerning".

A children's rights expert has been made a dame in the Queen's birthday honours, with more than 130 people in total being recognised for their contribution to children's services or education.

A national centre established by the government as part of efforts to tackle child sexual exploitation and abuse has launched a fund to give organisations the opportunity to prove the effectiveness of the work they do.

Youth brief handed to sports minister

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

15 June 2017

Responsibility for youth policy has been handed to the government minister who oversees sport, it has been confirmed.

Government must start to listen to young people and address their concerns in the wake of the high turnout among the UK's youth in last week's general election, the British Youth Council has said.

Union calls for national register of youth workers

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

08 June 2017

Youth work should be legally protected by ensuring only qualified practitioners can use the title "youth worker" with their names recorded on a national register, a union has suggested.

Several youth organisations have been awarded a share of £1m from a national grant fund.

The leader of youth group that works with young Muslims has criticised the government's Prevent anti-radicalisation strategy, claiming it is considered such a "toxic" brand among young people that his organisation avoids involvement with it.