The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are engaged in ‘Youth Policy Statement Consultations’ throughout March and April 2017 at Venues across English Regions.
In follow up to Rob Wilson’s (Minister for ‘Youth’) announcement in November 2016 at the Ambition conference that the DCMS would publish a Youth Policy Statement; the DCMS are holding several regional workshops aiming to engage groups of stakeholders that are representative of organisations involved in designing, delivering and funding youth provision.
The DCMS will also be launching an online call for evidence that offers the opportunity for a wide range of organisations to submit written responses which the Association will circulate in due course. In addition, the DCMS are providing a facilitator’s brief for use by organisations or networks that want to run their own sessions and submit the write ups to the call for evidence.
Youth Policy Statement Briefing:
Attendance at a recent briefing from the Youth Policy team highlighted that, while the statement will gather insight from across government departments, it will not be a joint statement (as in ‘Positive for Youth’) but will be authored by DCMS. DCMS aims to carry out roundtables with sector organisations and young people to inform the statement focusing on six themes. The statement will be a progression from ‘Positive for Youth’ published in 2011; place a fresh focus on the importance of non-formal and informal learning opportunities for young people; present a roadmap to 2020; but will not signal any new investment.
The 6 themes for the consultation are:
- i.a shared understanding of young people’s personal and social development;
- ii.evidencing the impact of work with young people;
- iii.developing a coherent local youth offer;
- iv.making youth social action a habit for life;
- v.involving young people in decision making;
- vi.securing an independent and sustainable youth sector.
Members that attend any consultations are invited to 'blog' their responses by emailing a short review to firstname.lastname@example.org