There are 4.5 million teenagers in England today with most young people aspiring to succeed in their education and enter work, and to make a positive contribution to their communities. By the end of 2011, the number of 16- 24 year olds not in education, employment or training (“NEET”) in England had fallen to 958,000 - a drop of 205,000 from the previous quarter, which had a record high of 1,163,000 "NEETs", the most since 2000.The proportion of young people aged 16-19 who engaged in voluntary work in 2010-11 was higher than the average for the population as a whole. However, annual local authority spending on youth services in 2010-11 equated to only £77.28 per young person, which is approximately 21p a day.
Young people have a vital role to play at every stage of the commissioning process to inform decisions about the services on offer to them at a local level. Involving the youth does not only lead to better decisions and a greater sense of ownership by young people but it also offers an opportunity, to those engaged directly, for personal and social development and the development of skills for employment and further education.
Building on the best local practice, Positive for Youth: A new approach to cross-government policy for young people aged 13 to 19 (December 2011) sets out a shared vision for how all parts of society can work together in partnership to support families and improve the lives of young people. The Statement confirms the Government’s intention to retain the duty of local authorities to secure sufficient resources to improve the wellbeing of young people, through educational and recreational services. It outlines its intentions to support young people’s personal and social development and help to build a more integrated, responsible and engaged society.
Whilst national policies are essential, young people, their parents and communities depend principally on local services and the approach in each local area. An approach based on local partnership is the best way to provide young people with more opportunities and better support, drawing on the resources of communities, the voluntary sector and local businesses.
This timely symposium offers an invaluable opportunity to examine the Government's policy for the future of young people's services and the impact of the National Citizen Service scheme aiming to encourage volunteering amongst young people and re-engage the UK’s youth population. The symposium will explore the essential role of local authorities in implementing national policies and providing quality services for young people in every community.
- Discuss the Government’s vision for the future of youth services and gain an insight into the experiences from the various pilots and case studies
- Examine how all sectors of society including councils, schools, charities and businesses can work together in partnership to engage and empower young people
- Explore ways in which to promote local leadership and encourage the inclusion of the youth in implementing policies and assessing the quality of services
- Consider the impact of the impending ‘One Year On’ audit of progress made so far and what more can still be done to improve the outcomes of young people
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