Youth policy set for move to Department for Culture, Media and Sport

By Adam Offord

| 19 July 2016

Responsibility for national youth policy is set to be transferred from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), it has emerged.

Youth minister Rob Wilson is taking the civil society portfolio with him to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Picture: Alex Deverill

As part of a slew of junior ministerial changes announced at the weekend, Rob Wilson, who was responsible for youth policy and charities at the Cabinet Office, has been appointed parliamentary undersecretary of state at the DCMS.

Well-placed sources in the youth sector have told CYP Now that Wilson is taking his previous brief, which is made up of youth policy, the National Citizen Service, social action, social enterprise and investment, the Big Society agenda and civil society sector support, with him to the DCMS.

The move, which is yet to be confirmed by the DCMS, comes just three years after youth policy was shifted from the Department for Education to the Cabinet Office.

UK Youth also tweeted that it had received confirmation that the move is to happen.

UK Youth chief executive Anna Smee welcomed the move.

"This will ensure continuity and enable some exciting initiatives that are in the pipeline to go ahead as planned," she said.

"There are clear benefits in placing the youth portfolio in a department that has strong links with many of the sector's key funders, including The Big Lottery Fund, The Arts Council and Sport England.

"We look forward to working with DCMS to continue to promote the value of informal learning for young people. It is vital that every young person, whatever their circumstances, is able to complete their own social development journey in addition to completing their formal education."

Wilson's move follows a number of other changes to ministerial positions relating to children and young people.

Former childcare minister Sam Gyimah has moved to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), with Robert Halfon drafted in to the DfE.

Meanwhile, Andrew Selous, who has been responsible for youth justice since July 2014, has left the MoJ.

Last week's cabinet reshuffle saw Justine Greening replace Nicky Morgan.

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