We create reports showcasing the needs of the youth sector.
Harnessing Lived Experience
Serious violence against young people has sadly become a regular feature in the news cycle. According to ONS figures, police-recorded knife crime increased by 71% between 2014 and 2018, and the number of murder victims aged 16 to 24 rose by 45% in the year to March 2018 (ONS, 2019).
Although there have been many attempts to understand why there is an increase in serious violence against young people, well-intentioned research has often lacked the essential component – the active participation and involvement of young people themselves.
To address this gap, UK Youth partnered with My Life My Say, Mobilise Public Ltd, Dartington Service Design Lab and Councillor Hamza Taouzzale to get the insights of young people. We wanted to understand not just what young people think causes serious violence but also what they identify as the solutions and how their suggestions align to existing research.
Serious Youth Violence
This report is for young people and anyone who wants to understand what the ‘experts’ are talking about, where they get their information from, and what it means. It gives you the same information the Government and other authorities use when deciding what to do to about the youth violence issue. We have rinsed out much of the jargon leaving the facts – what works, what doesn’t and what’s going on behind the scenes with the Council, Social Services and Police
Serious Youth Violence
UK Youth’s report, ‘A Place To Belong’, which was funded by the Co-op Foundation – the UK’s leading funder of projects tackling youth loneliness – collated quantitative and qualitative data from youth workers across UK to explore the role of local youth organisations in addressing youth loneliness, focusing on the perspective of youth workers. 82% of youth workers agreeing that loneliness is an issue for the young people they work with.
The research found that despite youth loneliness being widespread, young people seem to face barriers when talking about feeling lonely with 73% of youth workers disagreeing that the young people they work with actively seek help to tackle the problem.
To help better identify lonely young people, youth workers acknowledged four key risk factors that could lead to youth loneliness. These include going through a significant or difficult situation; weak social networks; high expectations of social networks; and having a limited ability to cope with difficult situations (e.g. low confidence or resilience).
UK Youth Voice Manifesto
The UK Youth Voice manifesto consists of young people’s future hopes for our country, shares what young people genuinely believe in and most importantly the manifesto truly represents the voices of young people across the UK.
After Brexit negotiations, young people have felt shut down and suppressed by Parliament. All 16 and 17 year olds did not get a say on EU membership and now young people are being excluded from crucial Brexit negotiations. Our manifesto is based on the principles that all young people should be entitled to a say in how our country is governed and the way in which it is governed. Many young people feel that their local MP does not accurately represent their needs and therefore this manifesto is a chance for all young people across the UK to unite and voice what they truly believe in. We’ve engaged with young people from around the UK through organisations in our network including Youth Scotland, Youth Action Northern Ireland, Youth Work Ireland, Youth Cymru and many more