The level of cuts to Youth Services in England has been laid bare – with the Tories cutting £737 million from budgets since 2010 – that’s a slash of 62% and over 600 youth centres shut between 2012 and 2016
The Conservatives have failed young people by overseeing these unprecedented and cruel cuts and they ensured youth work as a profession has been eroded and undermined not just by these cuts but by market based reforms. This has had a devastating effect on the 3,500 youth workers who have los their jobs and a major reduction in the number of students enrolling on JNC youth services graduate programmes.
Cuts to youth services have devastated the lives of young people by damaging community cohesion, making it harder to stay in formal education, and having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing and 83% of youth workers say the cuts have had an effect on crime and anti-social behaviour.
•Youth work is a distinct educational process offering young people safe spaces to explore their identity, experience decision-making, increase their confidence, develop inter-personal skills and think through the consequences of their actions. This leads to better informed choices, changes in activity and improved outcomes for young people.