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Here come the girls

To mark International Women’s Day this month, Charlotte Goddard reports on the work of Getaway Girls, which has supported the achievement and aspirations of young women for more than 30 years.

Youth Work: Special Report

A decade of deep funding cuts has seen a huge reduction in provision for young people. But increasing recognition of the valuable role played by youth workers could signal a change in fortunes for the sector.

Youth Work: Policy context

The last decade was not good for youth work. The statistics are well known: since 2010, hundreds of youth clubs have been closed; thousands of youth work jobs lost; and more than 100,000 places for young people scrapped – the result of a 75 per cent reduction in council youth work budgets.

Early Help: Special Report

Amid rising knife crime, youth homelessness and care referrals, the case for spending on early help has never been so important, yet investment in prevention services has been falling, fuelling late interventions.

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.

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