Policy paper

Positive for Youth: a new approach to cross-government policy for young people aged 13 to 19

Documents describing the government's policies for young people aged 13 to 19 in England will enable all young people to succeed.

This was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government


Positive for Youth presentation PPT


This set of documents describes all of the government’s policies for young people aged 13 to 19 in England within the context of a vision for a society which will enable all young people to succeed. They set out a new partnership approach for giving young people more opportunities and better support - with young people themselves as influencers and with voluntary and community groups and local businesses drawn in as full partners.

A number of the policies covered apply across the United Kingdom, such as those of the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Ministry of Defence. The government will work with the devolved administrations on areas of shared interest.

There has been an extensive period of collaboration and consultation with young people and those who work with them to develop these materials. In March 2011 the Positive for Youth summit brought together young people and professionals with Ministers and officials from seven government departments to identify and debate the important issues faced by young people today. This helped to create a shared understanding of young people’s concerns and the support and services they need.

Further information on Positive for Youth is available from the policy section.

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Published 1 February 2010

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