Category: Youth Sector News

The Prince’s Trust NatWest Youth Index

Posted on 25/02/2022 in Youth Sector News

One in four young people say they will never recover from the emotional impact of the pandemic, as confidence falls to an all time low warns Prince's Trust.

The Prince’s Trust NatWest Youth Index (pdf, 8mb), released today, finds almost a quarter of young people (23%) in the UK agree they will never recover from the emotional impact of the pandemic. The report reveals the happiness and confidence of 16 to 25-year-olds has hit the lowest point in its thirteen-year history.

The Youth Index - conducted by YouGov who surveyed 2,106 16 to 25-year-olds across the UK – gauges young people’s happiness and confidence across a range of areas, from their physical and mental health to working life.

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Government outlines ambitious plans to level up activities for young people

Posted on 16/02/2022 in Youth Sector News

  • Youth Investment Fund will deliver up to 300 new and refurbished youth facilities in the most deprived parts of England
  • Funding will tackle youth group waiting lists and offer The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to all state secondary schools in England
  • National Citizen Service receives funding to ensure thousands more young people are ‘world ready and work ready’

Young people in England will be given access to more activities, trips away from home and volunteering opportunities as part of a new National Youth Guarantee backed by a £560 million investment, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced today (1 February).

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Briefing on Children’s Mental Health Services – 2020/2021

Posted on 16/02/2022 in Youth Sector News

Briefing on Children’s Mental Health Services – 2020/2021 Foreword from the Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza.

My first priority as Children’s Commissioner was to hear from England’s children how they feel about life today, particularly as we emerge from the Covid pandemic. I wanted to hear about their hopes and aspirations for the future as well as their worries and priorities right now. That’s why I launched The Big Ask, which I’m happy to say is the biggest ever survey of children in England. Over half a million children responded and it is clear that the vast majority are happy with their lives and optimistic about the future.

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Unapologetically Me –‘Transcending Resilience’

Posted on 15/02/2022 in Youth Sector News , Resources

A report exploring the role of resilience in supporting the well-being of young people with racialised identities, from minoritized communities. The findings highlight the physical, emotional, and spiritual resources that young people from the most marginalised communities cultivate to navigate systemic inequalities and how they learn to rise again.

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Young people’s digital lives and well-being

Posted on 06/02/2022 in Youth Sector News , Community

The Children's Society published in January 2022 a report that looks at the evidence on young people’s digital lives, including the impacts of being online and links to well-being.

Most young people take the internet for granted and it is integral to many aspects of their lives as they grow and develop through adolescence. Digital connectedness supports communication with friends and family, helps with building and maintaining relationships, facilitates education, provides entertainment and can allow a young person to explore their identity.

But the benefits are not shared equally by all young people. The quality of a young person’s digital life can be impaired by poor digital skills, compromised access to digital devices, insecure connections and a lack of parental support. Digital inequality among the young is often hidden but it has become more apparent during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Posted on 01/02/2022 in Youth Sector News

Proposed government legislation to tackle online harms would fail to prevent the sharing of some of the most “insidious” images of child abuse and violence against women and girls, according to an influential group of MPs. Scrutiny by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee of the Draft Online Safety Bill has found that in its current form, the legislation is neither clear nor robust enough to tackle certain types of illegal and harmful content on user-to-user and search services. Chair of the DCMS committee Julian Knight MP said: “In its current form what should be world-leading, landmark legislation instead represents a missed opportunity.

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Posted on 08/01/2022 in Youth Sector News

The Youth Endowment Fund’s Toolkit, a free online resource to help you put evidence of what works to prevent serious violence into action.

What is the Toolkit? At the Youth Endowment Fund our mission is to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice – our Toolkit is one way we’ll do this. The Toolkit summarises the best available research evidence about different approaches to preventing serious youth violence. It is based on real life data about what has happened when these approaches have been used before.

It provides insight on 17 different approaches, with more to be added in the future. For each approach it explains what it is, how effective it’s likely to be, how confident you can be in the evidence of its impact, as well as indicative costs and links to related resources and programmes.

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BBC Young Reporters Podcast

Posted on 08/01/2022 in Youth Sector News , Community

Honest personal stories on what it’s like growing up in in the UK today, as told by BBC Young Reporters. Young people share their own stories in their own words, with authenticity and honesty.


Key Stage 3 PSHE resource

Posted on 08/01/2022 in Resources for teachers , Youth Sector News

Aimed at Key Stage 3 learners, this resource is designed to equip students with the skills needed to make considered and informed choices about the content they watch.

BBFC has worked closely with the PSHE Association to create a resource that includes three lesson plans, a comprehensive teaching guide and extension activities allowing pupils to explore areas such as:

  • Representations of sex and relationships in films on and offline
  • Decision making and peer influence
  • How and why age ratings are given to films and other content
  • How the BBFC reflect public and teenager views when making those decisions

Digital Youth Index for action

Posted on 08/01/2022 in Youth Sector News

The Nominet Digital Youth Index is a free-to-use national, annual benchmarking and barometer report identifying and monitoring the key drivers, issues and opportunities in young people’s relationship with digital technology across the UK.

The Nominet Digital Youth Index is a benchmarking report offering insight into young people’s digital experiences. What are the challenges and barriers they face? What do they love – and what do they worry about? Importantly, how can we help them harness the positive power that the digital world promises?

It’s the brainchild of Nominet’s Social Impact Programme and we’ll be gathering this data every year. It helps us – and you – to understand the digital lives of the young and identify the areas where we need to help them thrive.

Digital Youth Index Website Download the Nominet Digital Youth Index Report 2021

Young People’s Mental Health Priorities During and Beyond COVID-19

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Mental Health , YPF Webinars- Mental Health , Youth Sector News , Resources

In this webinar the CoRAY team share an up-to-date summary of the evidence base on how young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the pandemic.

Join the CoRAY team to hear what the latest research says about how the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 11 – 16 years has been affected by the pandemic and what young people themselves are concerned about this summer.

In this webinar we share an up-to-date summary of the evidence base on how young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the pandemic.

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Five ways to make measurement of youth provision more meaningful

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Resources

The Centre for Youth Impact talks about how youth provision measurement can become a meaningful part of working with young people and what are the five ways to make it possible.

For many, matters of measurement in youth provision are a deeply contentious issue. However, I’d argue that, when done well, and in the right circumstances, measurement can become a meaningful part of working with young people that ‘goes with the grain’ of practice.

Over the past few years I’ve worked on two projects that are ambitious in the way they try to tackle the known issues in evaluating youth provision.

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Girls' Attitudes Survey

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Community , Resources

Girlguiding asked over 2,000 girls aged 7 to 21 across the UK for their views on a range of areas across their lives. The results this year show girls’ and young women’s happiness has been in decline for over a decade, but the last three years have seen an acceleration in this trend.

This snapshot of the Girls' Attitudes Survey explores what girls have told us. And how you can use the Girlguiding programme and resources to build their confidence, develop new skills and improve their wellbeing.

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Exploring the absence of Black girls’ experiences of sexual abuse in research and practice

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Help for Young people and Parents

NSPCC spoke to Jahnine Davis, co-founder of Listen Up, about her work into exploring the lack of representation of Black girls’ experiences in research and child sexual abuse services, including suggestions to help improve practice.

We spoke to Jahnine Davis, co-founder of Listen Up, about her work into exploring the lack of representation of Black girls’ experiences in research and child sexual abuse services, including suggestions to help improve practice.

Ineke Houtenbos, a senior consultant with the NSPCC, and Jahnine discuss:

  • why the experiences of Black girls are missing from research and the impact on policy and practice
  • key findings from Jahnine’s research, including the experiences of participants
  • learning to improve practice and research
  • Jahnine’s experience as a Black woman embarking on this work.

This episode contains quotes from research participants about their experiences which might be upsetting and cause distress. If you need further support, please contact the NSPCC helpline or visit the Childline website.

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Draw the line

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Help for Young people and Parents , Mental Health

Read stories about real relationships written by teens and draw a line through harmful behaviour. The platform is only designed for mobile devices.

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The online harms research

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Resources

Delivered by Catch22 and Redthread, The Social Switch Project is switching the narrative on how social media’s relationship to youth violence is understood, tackled and solved.

New research into the impact of COVID-19 on online harms revealed that more than two thirds of young people interviewed had seen content online that was either violent or explicit during lockdown. In light of the increased amount of time young people spent online during the pandemic to learn, socialise and for entertainment, London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) commissioned an in-depth exploration of online harms, ‘acceptable’ use and regulation, that included the voices and experiences of young people, whose voices were missing from the body of existing research.

The Social Switch Project, a collaboration between charities Catch22 and Redthread, carried out interviews with vulnerable children and young people that use its services, frontline youth workers, police and tech platforms.

Research showed that 97 per cent of Catch22’s child sexual exploitation referrals have an online or social media element – with substantial increases related to online grooming and abuse. Consultation with young people also showed that more than 70 per cent of young people had seen content during lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 that was either violent or explicit, which included videos of suicide, nudity and extreme violence. They also described social media as ‘toxic’ and found it led to a negative impact on a young person’s mental health and wellbeing.

Young people cited unwanted contact online from adults, companies and bots, while there were also complaints of cyberbullying, threats and sharing of explicit content.

There were also examples cited of young people receiving responses a long time after a complaint, which caused them to relive the event or incident.

The data provides much-needed context on the wide-reaching implications of the pandemic and the need for services and training for professionals, parents and guardians during this time.

Further findings include:

  • Young people want to see better training for professionals and guardians in relation to online behaviour
  • Young people felt responsible to report content, but also felt the ‘damage’ had already been done
  • Children and young people want to see improved monitoring, swift action and accountability from tech organisations, rather than the responsibility being placed on the user
  • Police are ‘one step behind’ developments in technology and so need to develop stronger relationships with tech companies
  • As well as harms, young people highlighted significant benefits to their online world – in their education, their social lives and in their identity

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