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For NCS to prosper it must be compared

By Howard Williamson |

27 March 2018

The recurrent assertions by the government that the National Citizen Service (NCS) has not replaced "traditional" youth services have been, quite rightly, viewed as disingenuous.

England is out of kilter on youth policy

By Howard Williamson |

02 January 2018

At the end of last year, Tracey Crouch, England's youth minister, announced the shelving of plans for a new three-year youth policy statement, despite this being promised by her predecessor a year ago. The argument was that a broader civil society strategy was needed instead, one that embraced much more than youth work and youth policy.

Youth turnout was reaction to Brexit verdict

By Howard Williamson |

29 June 2017

So the British people have spoken. We have another Conservative government - but only just.

Improvement must be a mutual endeavour

By Howard Williamson |

11 April 2017

A new Centre for Social Justice report promotes a "Housing First" strategy for rough sleepers.

Life skills matter. Just ask the 11,000 or so young people who just voted in our Youth Cabinet elections.

Young people draft plan for navigating post-truth world

By Howard Williamson |

14 February 2017

Safeguarding is a key part of coaching young footballers

By Howard Williamson |

17 January 2017

Not that long ago I would speak proudly about being a football coach for a group of kids, now 12.

We need a 'grand council' to lead youth work of the future

By Howard Williamson |

06 December 2016

This has been another really tough year for youth work across the UK.

Reality bites for the UK's youth policy trailblazer

By Howard Williamson |

08 November 2016

Youth work has been decimated in England over the past few years, in the firing line for public spending cuts.

Children need a level playing field, not over-zealous rules

By Howard Williamson |

11 October 2016

While the English national team takes further strides in making itself a global laughing stock thanks to manager Sam Allardyce's media "entrapment", we should remember the constant rhetoric about the need to develop grassroots football.