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Positive for youth?

Released just before Christmas, the government's youth policy produced no festive funding treats and put local areas in charge of forging new methods of delivery. Charlotte Goddard looks at its implications

Early intervention grant raises questions over fairness and bias

Against a backdrop of continued austerity, the announcement last month that the early intervention grant is set to rise by six per cent from April appeared to offer some hope that services tackling deep-seated issues among the most disadvantaged children and families would be boosted.

Are league tables right for youth services?

Youth services, it has been widely documented, have been disproportionately hit by spending cuts. But the quest for accountability over local decisions has led to the idea that league tables could provide an answer.

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