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.”
Notes to editors
- The proportion of higher educational institutions offering training programmes in the sector nationally declined in 2017/18 and there were just 41 programmes on offer in England, the National Youth Agency reports.
- There were no courses on offer at all in the East of England, and just one undergraduate course in the North East, the NYA found.
- Source: https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007019/youth-work-training-figures-reveal-record-lows?utm_content=&utm_campaign=140819_Update&utm_source=Children%20%26%20Young%20People%20Now&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cypnow.co.uk%2Fcyp%2Fnews%2F2007019%2Fyouth-work-training-figures-reveal-record-lows