The NYA Youth Work Summit 2021 took place on Monday 1st November. This is an annual day long summit bringing key representatives and young people together in Westminster with Members of Parliament, Civil Servants and senior government officials to talk all things Youth Work.

Please click below to watch back the various speeches and panel discussions that took place:

Key Note Speech: Leigh Middleton

Leigh runs attendees through his key note speech and the plan for the day

Panel discussion: Cross Party Report – APPG on Youth Affairs

The Chair and Co-Chair of the APPG on Youth Affairs discuss their findings

Panel discussion: Between the Lines: Youth Justice, Crime and Exploitation

Abbee and the panel discuss and take questions from delegates on Youth Justice

Key Note Speech + Q&A: Anne Longfield, Commission for Young Lives

Anne Longfield, Commission for Young Lives gives a key note speech and takes questions from delegates

Key Note Speech: Cat Smith MP

Cat Smith MP delivers a key note speech to delegates

Panel Discussion: Equal Equity

Ray Douglas, Aaron Phiri and Milka Fisiha talk through diversity in the workforce

Panel Discussion: Transforming Lives Through Youth Work

A panel of young delegates discuss the power of youth work in transforming lives

Youth Work Week 2021

Youth Work Week is an annual week long celebration organised by the NYA celebrating everything Youth Work!

This year Youth Work Week is running from Monday 1st November to Sunday 7th November.

The theme for this year’s celebrations is Champions of Youth Work!

Join us on social media using the hashtags #YouthWorkWeek and #YWW21 and find out more about this year’s celebrations on our Youth Work Week page below.

Our Latest Policy and Research pieces

Initial Summary of Findings – Census

Findings from the national census of youth provision in England, reveal the large disparity in the amount and type of provision available to young people depending on where they live.

Time’s Running Out

With up to 1 in 4 youth centres under the threat of closure, and emergency funding for youth services coming to an end, failure to act now will decimate the youth sector leaving a generation of young people without opportunities to thrive.  

Out of Sight?

This report highlights the scale and prevalence of young people’s needs that are amplified by the pandemic. It draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, with valuable insights from partners and young people from across the youth sector. 

Hidden in Plain Sight

This new report includes insight from the front line of youth workers on their increased concerns for street-gangs and organised criminal gangs.

Time Out

We explore the role of youth services and youth work in schools and colleges, and the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable young people, in particular.

Inside Out

We explore the impact of the pandemic on young people’s health and the role of young people’s services in support of vulnerable young people, in particular.

Outside Looking In

We explore the impact of the
pandemic and global recession on the older age-range of 16 to 24 years of age, for young people’s employment
prospects and the role
of youth services to help break down barriers to employment for vulnerable young people, in particular.


Overlooked: young people and rural youth services, makes clear there are vast gaps in local youth services. Hardest hit are the 2.2 million young people living in predominantly rural areas, living in villages, towns and coastal areas.

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