What Future for Youth Policies? What Future for the Youth Service?

  • Bernard DaviesEmail author


In the aftermath of the 2007–2008 banking crisis, a ‘fundamental breach … of the social contract…’ with young people. The new youth precariat. Increased poverty, homelessness and mental health problems amongst young people. Disproportionate impacts on young women and BAME young people. Pressures on core services available to young people. Governments’ continued reliance on time-limited, low funded programmes. Despite pressure from the ‘children and youth’ field, the absence of a ‘youth strategy’. The continuing deconstruction of local authority Youth Services. Following the 2017 general election, some explicit critiques of neo-liberalism and austerity. A government 2018 Civil Society Strategy proposing a review the Youth Service’s statutory basis. Labour’s promise of a national body with dedicated and guaranteed Youth Service funding.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WarkwickshireUK

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