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Statutory guidance review for local youth services: have your say

Applies to England

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Have your say on how the statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services can be more useful for local youth service provision and young people themselves.

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Consultation description

About the Review

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has committed to review the guidance which sets out the statutory duty placed on Local Authorities to provide appropriate local services to improve young people’s wellbeing.

The review is designed to highlight the positive role Local Authorities should play in the provision of youth services. It began with a series of sector-led roundtables, including the DCMS Youth Steering Group and the National Advisory Board of the National Youth Agency.

About this call for evidence

We want to have an open conversation about the statutory guidance document, what is working well, and what government can do to strengthen it further. We want you to share your ideas on how government can create guidance for Local Authorities that helps them to make the best decisions around how best to provide services to young people.

We also want to hear about how this guidance can be clearer and more useful for young people and the organisations that work with them.

To share your views, please download the form attached to this page titled “Call for evidence: Statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services,” and send your completed form by email or post to the Local Services Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Alongside the statutory guidance itself, two additional documents have been added here. The first, entitled “Tool for conversations with young people” can be used by professionals (e.g. youth workers, social workers, teachers, coaches) to have conversations with young people and provide their responses to this call for evidence. The second, entitled “Young People’s questionnaire” has been designed for young people to use themselves to have their say on the statutory guidance review.


Published 3 October 2019
Last updated 6 November 2019 + show all updates
  1. Adding two new documents to use for answering the call for evidence. Also adding accompanying explanatory text on the landing page.

  2. First published.