The National Youth Agency has been tasked by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to manage the National Youth Sector Census and create a reliable dataset to help demonstrate the impact of youth work and improve the knowledge and insight for the youth sector and policy makers.   

This latest report from the Census shows that a fifth of youth work organisations have a waiting list of between three and six months and are struggling to meet demand. Despite undeniable need for these services, a quarter of voluntary sector organisations delivering youth work have less than six months’ of reserves.  

Key findings from the report include: 

  • Of the 920 youth work organisations analysed in the cut of data, 57% are operating in the most deprived postcodes.  
  • Those working in the most deprived areas have higher expenditure and predicted expenditure that those in the least deprived areas.  
  • Organisations value professionally qualified staff and tend to have a higher proportion of employed staff with a youth work qualification than not.  
  • In the most deprived areas, organisations are more likely to have a higher number of paid staff, but a lower number of volunteers.  

The report provides an analysis of the data received from 920 youth work organisations between March 2022 and April 2023, providing a snapshot of the Sector for the third time since the Census was launched in 2021.

Click below to read the full report

Read the Census Snapshot Report

To ensure that your organisation is counted in the National Youth Sector Census’ work, please click below to complete your organisation’s submission, or to update last year’s submission.

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