The National Youth Sector Advisory Board’s Roadmap to a National Youth Strategy

The Roadmap to a National Youth Strategy has been developed in consultation with youth sector experts within the NYSAB and with young people, setting out 15 policy recommendations for national government to bring about a step-change in the way that youth work is recognised and to get youth work better integrated into local strategies and multi-agency pathways to support young people. The Roadmap builds on the NYSAB’s 10 Year Strategy and aligns with the Back Youth Alliance’s vision for youth.

The Roadmap to a National Youth Strategy


A forum for policy and practice for the youth sector which seeks to gather and present collective insights and strategic direction for the sector as a whole,  across statutory and voluntary youth services, and related professions.


Members are drawn from national organisations, regional networks, specialist providers, funders, research and professional bodies, local authorities, government and national agencies, and youth voice. The Board provides a conduit to connect and consult with the diversity of the youth sector and their views, including young people represented through the British Youth Council and participation networks.

The Board is chaired by Tony Gallagher, OBE.

Our work

Our principal aim is to engage government and policymakers, and to inform the professional, statutory and regulatory role of the National Youth Agency as the national standards body for youth work in England. The Board is not a decision-making body, rather we work through the extended networks of our members, consultation, and wider sector engagement.


The Board meets quarterly with standing invitations to government departments, led by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as the sponsor department for youth policies. Additional thematic meetings are held for detailed discussions or working groups on priority areas identified with board members, throughout the year. This includes our role as a convenor on government-led engagement, on policy development and related government programmes. 

10 Year Strategy

A strategy has been co-designed from our collective insights and shared outcomes, to provide a focus for the advisory board to support sector-led change, collaboration, and investment with young people. It provides the basis for insights from constituent parts of the youth sector, increased understanding and partnership-working, to report on shared outcomes to inform progress.


Association for Directors of Children’s ServicesBBC Children in NeedBrookBritish Youth CouncilCentre for Youth ImpactCentrePointChildren’s Commissioner for England Office
Federation for Detached Youth Work
GirlguidingGroundwork UKInstitute for Outdoor LearningInstitute for Youth WorkJohn Lyon’s CharityKinetic
Local Government AssociationLondon Violence Reduction UnitLondon YouthNational Association of Boys & Girls Clubs
National Police Chiefs CouncilNCS TrustNational Youth Agency
OnsideTAGPALYCWPartnership for Young London
Paul Hamlyn FoundationPower the FightPrinces TrustScouts
Slough councilSociologicalThe MixThe National Lottery Community FundUK YouthWildlife TrustsYouth Hostel Association
Youth Justice BoardYMCAYoung SomersetYouth Focus NEYouth Focus NWYoung People’s Foundation TrustYouth United Foundation
Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction UnitSurrey Police & Crime Commissioner, OfficeNorthumbria Police & Crime Commissioner, OfficeNew Horizons Youth Centre


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