In 2009 the National Youth Agency (NYA) was asked to build on the work of Hidden Talents, a Local Government Association project which examined more effective local solutions in re-engaging young people classed as NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) and supporting them to be more involved in shaping local provision.
In response, the NYA has developed the Engagement Network, designed to work with and advise local authorities on their provision and services, and to establish new processes for involving NEET young people in developing the local offer.
The Engagement Network was developed as part of NYA’s work with the Local Government Group, supported through top-sliced funding for local authorities.
Engagement Network - Young People's Guide to Working With Local Councillors and MPs
This guide has been developed as part of NYA's work with the Local Government Group to provide practical support and guidance to young people and organisations working with young people in engaging with local councillors and MPs.
NYA Engagement Network: Effective Practice Guide
NFER has developed a guide to provide effective practice guidance and examples of what works for those involved in projects related to enabling young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) to have their say and influence provision.
NFER Evaluation of NYA Engagement Network
The Local Government Group commissioned NFER to carry out an evaluation of the NYA's Engagement Network ion 2010. Overall, the evaluation found that the NYA Engagement Network Model, if give adequate levels of resourcing and buy in from the elected member, provides local authorities with a new way of engaging young people who are NEET.
For more information on the Engagement Network email Peta Halls