Finding Solutions

NYA continually scopes for emerging agendas, discussion points and opportunities. We share policy activity to support the sector and young people.

We want to find solutions to policy issues affecting young people’s lives.

We work closely with other youth sector organisations, national and local government, partners and key stakeholder groups to influence policy development and help raise awareness of how youth work transforms lives.

We work with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Cabinet Office, as part of the Youth Policy Stakeholder Group, the Standing Committee on Youth Justice, the National Partnership Forum and the Children’s Inter-agency Group.

Our policy work includes:

  • Commissions: We hold commissions to investigate key aspects of policy and offer recommendations to both government and the sector. To date we have run commissions into sufficiency of the local youth offer, youth work and formal education and young people and enterprise.
    Read more on our commissions.
  • Party conferences: We hold fringe events and receptions within the Youth Zone at each of the main party conferences.

Current areas of focus for our policy function include Apprenticeships, Social Impact Bonds and the Home Office’s Prevent agenda, where we are supporting youth sector organisations to understand its implications for their work.

We are also working with the Centre for Youth Impact, supporting a sector-wide exploration for a collective impact strategy to demonstrate the power of our work.