Youth services

  • Partnerships will unlock potential of Oxfordshire’s children

    28 November 2023

    Children and young people are at the heart of Oxfordshire’s partnership approach – a shared vision to give them the very best start in life, says Cllr John Howson.

  • Leading the way in youth justice

    25 January 2023

    Hammersmith and Fulham LBC has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating for its Youth Justice Service. Ann McGauran talks to Jacqui McShannon and Alison Sabaroche about the council’s successful approach.

  • Supporting young people into good work

    08 August 2022

    Dan Jones explains how the new £16m Connected Futures programme is funding partnerships that put young people at the heart of locally-tailored solutions.

  • Hope for young adults in custody

    07 June 2022

    Jessie Ben-Ami outlines how the West Midlands’ Always Hope project pilot is working with councils and other partners to increase the chances of rehabilitation for young care-experienced men aged 18-25 leaving prison.

  • Youth justice is in need of a redesign

    01 December 2021

    Shocking television exposure of aggressive staff behaviour towards children at the Medway Secure Training Centre should have been a watershed moment, but five years on this is still not the case, says Charlotte Ramsden

  • Putting youth at the heart of regeneration

    02 November 2021

    Barnsley’s partnership with OnSide to invest in a state-of-the-art youth centre is an embodiment of a regeneration vision to create a place where young people will flourish, says Cllr Tim Cheetham.

  • 'Lost generation' warning over missing fund

    27 September 2021

    A £500m fund first promised by the Government two years ago has still not been made available.

  • Voyage for improvement

    14 September 2021

    Blackpool Council’s new model of practice is shifting service culture away from a focus on process to one that works with families to achieve optimum impact and outcomes for their children, writes Victoria Gent.

  • Children outside cities being overlooked

    27 August 2021

    Young people in rural areas are at risk of being left behind, a new report has warned.

  • Changing Futures in Westminster

    16 August 2021

    Westminster City Council’s successful bid for a project under the Changing Futures programme will enable more support for young people and moves the borough a step towards its City for All vision says Cllr Heather Acton.

  • How digital disruption can deliver better futures

    21 July 2021

    Disrupting youth crime and exploitation through technology provides a chance to find and support the vulnerable and achieve radical change, say Dr Carol Homden, Amanda Kelly and Tim Aldridge.

  • Preventing young offenders signing up for a life sentence

    13 April 2021

    Steve Ainsworth explores alternative ways to engage young people and help them turn their back on crime.

  • Getting to the root of youth violence

    17 March 2021

    Jenny Coles urges all parts of the public sector, including Government, to work in a co-ordinated way with the voluntary sector for a holistic public health strategy to combat violence among our youth.

  • Lessons from a year of challenges

    02 March 2021

    As the first anniversary of ‘lockdown 1.0’ approaches, Beate Wagner reflects on how Wakefield Council rose to the challenge of supporting children and families, and looking after staff wellbeing.

  • Don’t forget our youth workers

    20 January 2021

    Government needs to put as much focus on resourcing the children and young people’s workforce as it does on ensuring the sustainability of the of the sector in the short term, argues Jenny Coles.

  • Listening to and acting on young people’s lockdown stories

    23 December 2020

    Innovation Unit has drawn up a set of recommendations for any local authority to build an ecosystem of support for the wellbeing of young people, says Daisy Carter.

  • Building back better services for children

    01 July 2020

    Chief executive of the National Children's Bureau Anna Feuchtwang asks how local and national government can build back children’s services that are better equipped to meet needs in the ‘new normal’.

  • Putting social value into procurement

    01 July 2020

    Claire Preston hopes the Social Value Toolkit will promote a ‘whole council’ approach that encourages organisations to put helping care leavers at the heart of procurement.

  • Keeping our young people centre stage

    21 April 2020

    Jenny Coles talks to Ann McGauran about her early days as ADCS president and the work being done by councils and schools as they rise to the challenge of COVID-19.

  • Helping other care leavers in Hull during the coronavirus crisis

    21 April 2020

    Mark Jones outlines how a group of Hull care leavers has set up a walk-by food hub to help others in their position, making more than 20 donations a day.