Comment on survey on the future of youth services

Commenting on the results of a survey on the future of universal youth services Jenny Coles, Chair of the ADCS Families, Communities & Young People Policy Committee, said:

“Youth services can contribute to building happier and healthier communities and can improve a range of outcomes for children and young people from their health and wellbeing to education and employment opportunities. Local authorities are committed to ensuring that a range of positive activities are available to young people at the heart of their communities, helping them to grow and enriching their lives. All local authorities understand the logic in retaining investment in these services if they will prevent the need for more intensive and expensive services later but, as budgets get tighter, tough decisions over the future of non-statutory services have had to be made and this has had a clear impact on the preventative offer and children’s social care services across the board.

“Despite these pressures the survey shows that many local authorities continue to explore new and innovative ways to fund youth service provision emphasising its importance in terms of preventing children and young people from developing complex issues further down the line. We know that services for young people have gone through substantial redesign in recent years as local authorities and their partners seek to find new delivery models in the face of substantial cuts to their budgets. The challenge for local authorities will be continuing to deliver these services as our resources are shrinking. ADCS would be keen to see a clear, comprehensive and cross cutting vision from government in relation to services for young people which hasn’t historically been articulated.”


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