Wednesday 14 August 2019 / 3:34 PM Cat Smith / Youth

Youth work training at record low – Cat Smith responds

Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, responding to new figures revealing youth work training is at record low, said:

“These figures are a devastating reflection of the state of youth services in this country after nine years of austerity.

“Youth workers play a vital role in our communities by building young people’s aspirations and spotting the emergence of anti-social behaviour and divisive ideologies before they become social problems.

“By cutting youth workers, the Tories have denied young people the opportunity to speak to someone outside of school and their home environment to get the support they need.

“The next Labour government will implement a workforce strategy to regrow the workforce and introduce new legislation guaranteeing quality youth services for all of our young people.”

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