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As we reach the end of the year the Government is attempting to bring some festive cheer to young people. And let’s face it, they need it. It’s been a tough year and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better anytime soon.
After months of talking to the youth sector, local authorities, businesses and young people, the Government has set out its vision for a society that is positive about young people. But it’s going to be challenging. Ministers have been very clear that this has to be delivered with little investment from the public purse. The National Citizen Service aside, central government investment in out-of-school services for young people is about as scarce as good stuff on the telly over Christmas.
So what do we make of it? The fact that the policies of at least nine government departments are presented in the statement is to be applauded – but there is little in the way of clear, decisive action to improve the hand that young people have been dealt.
That’s why vinspired has joined NCVYS and some of its members to call on the Government to make sure every department and every local authority that is Positive for Youth publishes its own ‘youth action plan’. We’d like to see action that leads to real support for young people to reach their true potential and we want to see decision-makers be bold in setting out how their vision is going to be delivered.
Like many voluntary youth organisations, we at vinspired are working hard to lever in all the resources we can to deliver our own plan of action to support young people. All that we ask is that Government departments and local authorities commit to doing the same.