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Challenge to protect personal data

By David Harris and Derren Hayes |

27 August 2019

The fallout between the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust and one of its regional delivery partners, The Challenge, has highlighted the importance IT systems play in protecting young people's details.

Review of statutory guidance for youth services will, says the youth minister, "provide greater clarity" on what government expects councils to deliver, but leaders say this must come with extra funding and other changes.

Merits of Labour youth plans

By Bren Cook, senior lecturer in youth and community work, University of Bolton |

25 June 2019

Youth work academic assesses if Labour's Youth Strategy could regenerate the sector following deep cuts.

Is the country ready to lower the voting age to 16 for all UK elections? This was the question that was debated at a unique event held recently at the Old Bailey.

Reshaping towns for young people

By Dan Price, councillor and executive member for culture and partnerships, Warrington Borough Council |

30 April 2019

Too many town centres offer little for young people, but the Future High Streets Fund can tackle this.

Youth work reforms need universal focus

By Derren Hayes |

30 April 2019

Youth charter and qualifications review can revitalise youth work, but experts call for a broad approach.

Partnerships to address violent crime

By Derren Hayes |

26 March 2019

Youth charity supports government strategy's focus on community partnerships to tackle knife crime, but wants longer-term funding.

Social prescribers for children

By Nina Jacobs |

26 February 2019

StreetGames' project could be the first initiative to "prescribe" social support for struggling young people.

UK silent on UN youth strategy

By Ally Dunhill and Emina Osmandzikovic |

29 January 2019

Appointing a dedicated youth minister would help the UK implement the UN's strategy, say experts.

Swingeing cuts to youth services since 2010 are the result of an ideological drive to target support at disadvantaged young people, with little prospect of any change, says youth work expert and author Bernard Davies.