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Youth Work Impact: Policy context

Supply and demand issues around funding have been crucial in the development of a youth work "impact agenda". In 2017/18, local authorities expected to spend 50 per cent less on young people's services than at the start of the decade as a result of reduced government funding for non-statutory early help provision (see ADCS view).

Special Report: Youth Work Impact

Despite deep cuts to funding and service provision, youth organisations are developing new ways to demonstrate the beneficial impact they have on improving life outcomes for vulnerable young people.

Youth Work, Performativity and the New Youth Impact Agenda: Getting Paid For Numbers?

This article provides a critical analysis of the role of numbers in youth policy, specifically within youth work, through the lens of performativity where a particular form of monitoring and evaluation culture is said to influence what youth workers do, how they feel and how they experience their work. From this perspective, the author questions the extent to which impact management practices are contributing towards a narrowing of what counts as "good" youth work.

When the Young Inspectors Call

Lincolnshire County Council's Young Inspectors programme gives young people the chance to help shape and improve services for them and their peers. Tom de Castella went to see how it works.

Who are the new youth workers?

Funding cuts mean youth workers are increasingly taking jobs outside traditional youth work settings. Joe Lepper explores how roles are changing and what that means for young people.

Election 2017: Party Policy Guide

Neil Puffett has trawled the manifestos to provide the definitive guide to what the three main UK-wide parties pledge on key issues for children, young people and families.

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