The 10-year youth services strategy: key proposals
The government has pledged to:
● Set up pilots to explore how young people can design and organise events to celebrate their transition to adulthood.
● Explore the potential of a “Youth Week” to celebrate young people’s achievements.
● Extend the Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Funds until at least 2011.
● Encourage local authorities to give young people more influence over funds, allowing them to shape decisions on 25% of spending on youth activities and facilities by 2018.
● Invest in a National Institute of Youth Leadership, supported by a leadership fund.
● Improve youth facilities with funding from unclaimed assets and £60m investment from DCSF over the next three years.
● Establish up to nine pilots between now and 2009 to test ways to give disadvantaged young people spending power to increase their participation in positive activities.
● Invest in the expansion of third-sector providers with a record of engaging the hardest to reach young people.
● Require youth offending teams to pool funding for preventive services with youth services.
● Require primary care trusts to pool funding for preventing poor adolescent health outcomes with local authorities.