The National Youth Agency has launched its Vision for Youth Work in England.
The publication sets out the charity’s aim that by 2020 every young person will have access to high quality youth work in their community.
The Agency lays out the steps needed to make its vision a reality, examining the role of local government, the business community, the youth work sector as well as providers and young people themselves.
Fiona Blacke, NYA CEO said, “Politicians often claim to value youth work. We want to challenge the government and other political parties to take practical steps to recognise the value of high quality youth work.”
With direct costs of youth unemployment running into billions, the National Youth Agency is calling on government to play a role in kickstarting greater social investment in youth services.
“Government must establish mechanisms to facilitate social investment. This will encourage investment of funds in youth services which can then be repaid when outcomes delivering cost savings to the state are achieved. Front loading services early on will cut costs in the long term.”
NYA believes business needs to have greater engagement with youth work too.
“Businesses understand the need to invest in young people as their customers, their future workforce and as part of the local community. We expect to see far more youth facing programmes running, focusing on areas of mutual benefit including digital skills, social action and entrepreneurship.”