Towards a National Service for Youth

  • Bernard DaviesEmail author


Political efforts from the 1960s on to draw young people into ‘community service’ including suggestions to make this compulsory; its re-badging after 2010 as ‘social action’. The development of the National Citizens Service’s (NCS) from David Cameron’s notions of a youth ‘citizenship’ training programme and a ‘school leaver programme’ to the scheme’s piloting and launch in 2011. NCS’s broad aspirations - to nurture the individual ‘character’ traits young people were seen as needing to transition successfully into adulthood; and to achieve broader cultural and societal change. NCS’s initial costs and funding; the award of the first contracts; its establishment on a statutory basis as an independent trust.

Further Reading

  1. Davies, Bernard. 2017. ‘Youth Volunteering: The New Panacea?’ Youth & Policy. 30 June.Google Scholar
  2. de St Croix, Tania. 2011. ‘Struggles and Silences: Policy, Youth Work and the National Citizen Service’. Youth and Policy. No. 106, May, pp. 43–59.Google Scholar
  3. de St Croix, Tania. 2015. ‘Volunteers and Entrepreneurs? Youth Work and the Big Society’, in Bright, Graham (ed), Youth Work: Histories, Policy and Contexts, London: Palgrave, pp. 58–79.Google Scholar
  4. Murphy, Sean. 2014. ‘National Citizen’s Service (NCS) Is Simply Cameron’s “Vanity Project”’. YouthThink Web Blog.
  5. Mycock, Andrew and Jonathan Tongue. 2011. ‘A Big Idea for the Big Society? The Advent of National Citizen Service’. Political Quarterly. Vol. 82, No. 1. January–March, pp. 56–66.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WarkwickshireUK

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