The NYA is delighted to join forces with the Local Government Association (LGA) to support the Government’s review of statutory guidance on youth work and services.

NYA Chief Executive Leigh Middleton said:

“As the national body for youth work we will look to build on cross-party consensus from the recent NYA sponsored APPG Youth Affairs report, for greater clarity and consistency in how the statutory duty is understood and how the guidance is used to support access to local provision that recognises the benefits of good quality youth work.

This should inform local choices and local youth partnerships to adapt to new environments in response to young people’s needs. To be effective we are calling on and convening youth and community sector organisations, local authorities and, crucially, young people to have their say and voices heard in the consultation. This will be led by the NYA through our National Advisory Board for Youth Services and national roadshow events.

The NYA regional roadshows, in partnership with the Regional Youth Work Units, provide a first opportunity for youth work professionals to engage with this important work. The roadshows are an integral part of the NYA’s work to ensure the youth sector’s voice is listened to within this review. NYA encourages all corners of the youth sector to attend at least one event. Roadshows will also discuss the proposed Youth Charter, current reviews of vocational JNC recognised qualifications and how Local Youth Partnerships can support the growth of modern youth services.


  • The NYA is the national body for youth work in England and the strategic partner of the Local Government Association for Youth Services.
  • NYA has been asked to act as the convenor for the youth sector for the statutory guidance review by DCMS.
  • The National Advisory Board for Youth Services was developed by the NYA to connect the national and regional youth work bodies, funders and learning organisations together. The Board focuses on youth policy and collaboration across the sector. Both the LGA and DCMS recognise the Board as an official route to engage the youth sector across England.
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