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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 in Schools in Wales – full report

In 2013, NYA led a national commission on the role of youth work in a school setting. Its recommendations were picked up by the children’s commissioner for England who recently called for schools to be open at evenings, weekends and holidays, with youth workers in schools.

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.