UK Youth's Labour Party Conference Roundtable 

A Framework for a 21st Century Youth Sector


Date: Tuesday 27th September - 7.45 to 9.00

Room: Youth Zone (inside the exhibition hall)

Refreshments: Tea, coffee and hot breakfast


Discussion summary:

The ‘Youth Sector’ and those who work with young people outside of statutory education, have never been very good at articulating what they do and the value they bring.

Since 2010 there has been approximately £400 million pounds of cuts to local youth services, and it’s not a really a surprise how easy it has been for Local Authorities to make this choice when considering their reduced budgets.

Stop someone in the street and ask them what ‘youth work’ is and the most you’ll probably hear is that it’s table tennis in a rundown church hall or the Scouts, and while both of these things are true, those within the service know how much more it is, how much it’s valued and how much it’s needed.

It’s vital we begin to genuinely work across sectors, collaborating in order to create a national youth service that is fit-for-purpose, with a high profile, universally valued, and able to clearly stating what it achieves.

UK Youth’s Social Development Journey aims to be a framework that can:

1.       Articulate the youth offer in a clear concise way in order to develop a shared collective vision for young people

2.       Map organisation level delivery and inform strategic planning and development

3.       Map local and regional services, identifying gaps in service provisions, as well as opportunities for collaboration, partnerships and consolidation

4.       Demonstrate and communicate the youth services value to external audiences, including, policy makers, funders and delivery partners


This roundtable will be an opportunity for stakeholders from different sectors to:

·         Discuss and agree the current challenges and priorities for youth services

·         Explore the opportunity that the Social Development Journey may bring

·         Begin to develop genuine cross-sector responsibility for young people related services


To confirm your attendance please e-mail Simon Neyhouser (


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