Opinion

Make case for investing in universal youth work

By Derren Hayes |

30 April 2019

The government chose the recent Serious Youth Violence Summit to unveil a raft of youth work policy pledges - including the creation of a youth charter and review of youth work qualifications.

Parks and open spaces build communities

By Merle Davies |

30 April 2019

Free children from abuse and knife crime

By Nathan Ward |

30 April 2019

Throughout history, the social construction of childhood has changed, osculating between children being seen as angels in need of protection and demons in need of control.

We need more diversity in children's workforce

By Derren Hayes |

26 March 2019

Build communities to tackle knife crime

By Denise Hatton |

26 March 2019

Over the past few weeks YMCA has been approached by a number of different media outlets asking the same question: Is the rise in knife crime among young people due to youth service cuts?

Naming child offenders harms rehabilitation

By John Drew |

26 March 2019

The recent naming of the 16-year-old child who murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute raises once more very uncomfortable issues about the naming of child defendants in criminal cases.

Let practitioners solve today's challenges

By Andrew Webb |

26 February 2019

In 1939, George Orwell wrote: "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Orwell was reflecting on the nature of power at the end of a decade that had witnessed widespread human misery.

Good record keeping is vital social work skill

By Alison O'Sullivan |

26 February 2019

When my husband had a heart attack last summer, I found myself reflecting on the importance of written records.

Relationship training key to custody reform

By Derren Hayes |

26 February 2019

The chief inspector of prisons' most recent annual report paints a worrying picture of relationships between young people in custody and officers.

CAMHS needs waiting time target honoured

By Derren Hayes |

29 January 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out ambitious pledges to improve children and young people's mental health services over the next decade.