• Somewhere to Call Home: Improving young people's access to affordable, safe and secure housing

    A lack of well-rounded support for young people who are homeless is forcing charities to plug gaps in providing mental health support and financial advice services, a Centrepoint housing officer, who was previously supported by the organisation, has warned

  • Ethnicity of children in care and supervision proceedings in England

    Variation in levels of 'interventionism' depending on child's ethnicity The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has published analysis of care proceedings in England, detecting differences in how 'interventionist' the process appears to be for children of different ethnicities. White children are more likely to receive higher levels of intervention such as adoption and care orders, while Black and Asian children are more likely to less intervention including a supervision order or no order.

  • How will the climate and nature crises impact young people?

    Young people on low incomes in the UK are more likely to be affected by the changing environment than their more affluent peers. Conversely, young people on low incomes also stand to benefit the most from more support and targeted policies as part of the green transition. There is an abundance of evidence for how environmental crises will harm young people’s physical and mental health, but there is also evidence that young people’s education, development, and income will be hindered as well

  • Rural Mental Health - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (

    A House of Commons Committee report expresses concern about how isolation, poor public transport and a relative lack of digital connectivity are contributing to poor mental health outcomes for people in rural communities. It says more must be done to address the issue of poor mental health care across rural communities in England.

  • Climate change anxiety in young people

    Climate change is affecting mental health in all communities, especially in young people. It is critical that we consider how to support young people affected by climate change anxiety and the possibilities of looking forward to supporting them.

  • Youth Opportunities Tracker: Fairer Futures

    The ‘Youth Opportunities Tracker: Fairer Futures’, looked at the experiences, life chances and aspirations of over 5,000 10–25-year-olds across the UK, and how they have changed since 2021

  • What does youth social action do?

    The final of four reports from the #iwillFund Learning Hub is out. The report focuses on the benefits that youth social action provides and the potential impact it can have on the outcomes of young people and their communities

  • Holding Our Own: A guide to non-policing solutions to serious youth violence

    The report highlights the way the "tough on crime" rhetoric ignores the root causes of this social problem and leads to more and more policing practices that disproportionately target Black communities. Holding Our Own instead urges investment in trauma-informed and racially literate support for young people to prevent harm, build trusting relationships and support them with issues they face.

  • The Impact of Digital Design on Children

    5Rights Foundation has published an update of its report Disrupted Childhood: the cost of persuasive design.

  • National Education Union – State of Education: Mental Health

    The latest survey of almost 18,000 National Education Union members asked teachers and support staff about student mental health. It revealed a widespread lack of support for young people's mental health, and teachers who couldn't support them as much as they wanted to because of the burden of their workload


    The government’s two child limit on additional benefits support is pushing families further into poverty, a report by campaigners is warning.

  • Youth Sustainability and Democracy: How young people can share environmental policy in urban spaces

    Young people believe the quality of local engagement on environmental issues could be improved, according to findings by UK-wide academics.

  • The state of the charity sector

    Pro Bono Economics has published the results of its latest survey of the charity sector, conducted with Nottingham Trent University National VCSE Data and Insights Observatory. The results reveal significant challenges with staff and volunteer recruitment and retention

  • Social workers in schools: implications for policy and practice

    What Works for Children's Social Care has published the findings from a randomised controlled trial of Social Workers in Schools (SWIS). SWIS is a school-based intervention in which social workers are embedded within schools to undertake statutory social work with children and families, with the aim of safely reducing the need for children to receive children’s social care services. Although the evaluation found that SWIS is well received by social workers, school staff and students, it also found that the intervention does not have an impact on children's social care outcomes, such as reducing the number of children who enter care, and it is not cost-effective.

  • What’s causing structural racism in housing?

    Inequalities Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities face in accessing affordable and secure homes are rooted in structural injustices that are just not right, and must change

  • DCMS publishes latest findings from annual Community Life Survey

    The Community Life Survey is a nationally representative annual survey of adults (16+) in England that tracks the latest trends and developments across areas that are key to encouraging social action and empowering communities.

  • Key messages from research into the impact of child sexual abuse

    The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse has published learning from research into the impact of child sexual abuse on survivors

  • Charities pausing operations due to recruitment crisis

    • Most charities (54%) have vacancies – causing some to limit their operations, according to a study published this week

  • Strip search of children in England and Wales

    The Children's Commissioner for England has published analysis of incidences of strip-searching of children. It shows that Black children are up to six times more likely to be strip-searched than other children, and that there is widespread failure to follow statutory safeguards when conducting the searches. Of 2,847 children aged between eight and seventeen strip-searched between 2018 and mid 2022 using stop and search powers

  • Transformation Partners in Health and Care - Transforming Mental Health Services From 0-25 – A Case for Change

    Transformation Partners in Health and Care (TPHC) published a new case for change report supporting the transformation of mental health services from 0-25. Improving support and services for children, young people and young adults is an integral part of the NHS Long Term Plan and forms part of local recovery plans following the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Department for Work and Pensions - Children in Low Income Families

    The Department for Work and Pensions has published statistics for the financial year ending 2022 on the number and proportion of children living in low-income families, Before Housing Costs (BHC), across the United Kingdom by local area. In total, there were 2.47 million children (aged 0 to 15) in families in Relative low income and 1.89 million children (aged 0 to 15) in Absolute low income families across the United Kingdom

  • What Have Charities Ever Done for Us?

    by Stephen Cook and Tania Mason rebalances the debate, using case studies and interviews to illustrate how charities support people and communities, foster heritage and culture and pioneer responses to crucial social, ethical and environmental questions.

  • Being a young carer is not a choice; it's just what we do

    Results from the Carers Trust’s annual survey of Young Carers and Young Adult Carers

  • No Cost in Giving

    A new survey, commissioned by Poetic Unity, reveals nine out of 10 young black people that the charity supports have said the cost-of-living crisis has prevented them from attending events.

  • Charity Resilience Index,

    Charities Aid Foundation has launched the Charity Resilience Index, to assess the impacts of the cost of living crisis on charities

  • Rating secure children’s homes – What do inspections tell us?

    National Youth Advocacy Service has published another report in its series looking at secure children's homes, this time focussing on inspection ratings.

  • Childrens Mental Health Services 2021-2022

    Self-harm hospital admissions up 22% for children aged eight to 17

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation evaluation report - impact of their Back Bone Fund

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation have published an independent evaluation from Nexus Evaluation Ltd into the impact of their Back Bone Fund summary of the key findings.

  • Safeguarding in the community

    NSPCC Learning has published a literature review into the role of members of the public in identifying and responding to child maltreatment. The review explores what makes some members of the public take action when worried about a child, and why others fail to act on their concerns

  • The state of children's rights in England

    The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) have published their civil society alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, endorsed by 97 children’s charities from across England

  • Community Life Survey 2021 - 22: Volunteering and charitable giving

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published the results of the Community Life survey of volunteering and charitable giving in 2021 - 22.

  • Mental Health of Young Adults Severely Impacted by Pandemic.

    A new study has found that the pandemic has severely affected people’s mental health and relationships all over the world, particularly for young adults. The research by Sapien Labs compiled responses from over 400,000 participants across 64 countries, asking respondents about their family relationships, friendships and overall mental wellbeing.

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    Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities - Statutory homelessness in England: July to September 2022

    The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has published statutory homelessness data including how many households were living in temporary accommodation from July - September 2022. 75,860 households were initially assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness and owed a statutory homelessness duty, up 4.4% from the same period in 2021.

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    Mental Health Care Pathway - draft

    a tool to support, young people, families and referrers to explore their mental health care pathway


    Youth Work Career and Training Pathway - explained

    a visual picture of training and career progression in youth work

  • Child Poverty Statistics 21-22

    End Child Poverty has just published its breakdown of latest child poverty statistics by region and constituency, showing that overall, 3.6 million children under 16 were living in poverty between 2021 - 22

  • Outside the Frame

    ECPAT UK has published a report focussed on concerns about children arriving in the UK alone who are being unlawfully excluded from the duties and protections afforded to all children in England, placing them at significant risk of harm including exploitation and going missing, whilst outside of the well-established local safeguarding framework under the Children Act 1989.

  • HMIP Annual Report 2021-22

    The Chief Inspector of prisons, Charlie Taylor, has published his annual report, including a chapter on findings at Young Offenders Institutions (YOIs) and Secure Training Centres (STCs). He notes that all settings experienced challenges recovering from the impact of the pandemic in areas such as reintroducing education and resettlement provision

  • Educational poverty: how children in residential care have been let down and what to do about i

    As part of its inquiry into children's homes, the Education Select Committee has published a report on the education of children in residential care, looking at areas such as educational outcomes, the role of the state in ensuring children in care get into good schools, and the cliff edge from care to independent living

  • An Ofsted report suggests that there are too few suitable places to keep children in care close to home.

    Children in the care system are often placed in homes far away from their families because of a lack of suitable places near to where they live, Ofsted research suggests. This is because homes are not evenly distributed across the regions of England, meaning supply does not match demand. For example, just 5% of England’s children’s homes (7% of places) are located in London, but London local authorities placed 11% of all children living in homes. In contrast, local authorities in the North West placed 19% of children living in children’s homes, but 25% of all homes (23% of places) are located in the region

  • Evaluation of the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Covid-19 Emergency Funding Package

    In March 2020, the Chancellor announced a £750m funding package to support the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector during the pandemic. As a result of this funding, 14,000 organisations reached an estimated 21.5 million service users. Survey respondents reported the following impact for people in communities: • improved mental health and wellbeing (70%) • more opportunity for social contact (62%) • reduced experiences of loneliness (58%)

  • Rapid evidence review of community initiatives

    This rapid evidence review of community initiatives, aims to bring together existing definitions and concepts of community infrastructure and social capital.

  • Mental health and loneliness: the relationship across life stages

    research reports on loneliness, looking at the factors that influence loneliness in adults and the relationship between loneliness and mental health. These aim to fill some of the evidence gaps highlighted in the tackling loneliness evidence review, improving our understanding of addressing loneliness in the UK

  • Investigating Factors Associated with Loneliness in Adults in England

    Research report on loneliness, looking at the factors that influence loneliness in adults and the relationship between loneliness and mental health. These aim to fill some of the evidence gaps highlighted in the tackling loneliness evidence review, improving our understanding of addressing loneliness in the UK.

  • Transport for Freedom

    Barnardo’s has published a new report Transport for Freedom alongside a video from care leavers explaining the difference that having access to free bus travel would make to their lives. It has also launched a petition calling on the government to make bus travel free for all care leavers up to the age of 25.

  • The Health Foundation - Improving children and young people’s mental health services: Local data insights from England, Scotland and Wales

    This briefing presents analysis from the Health Foundation’s Networked Data Lab (NDL) about children and young people’s mental health. The analysis from local teams across England, Scotland and Wales has highlighted three key areas for urgent investigation, to help ensure children and young people get the care they need.

  • Childline - Enhancing Childline’s Counselling Model: Evidence Briefing

    Childline - Enhancing Childline’s Counselling Model: Evidence Briefing

  • measure ‘success’ for care leavers

    New research partnership launched to define and measure ‘success’ for care leavers | Social Work Today A new tool to measure outcomes for care leavers has been launched by Become and The Rees Centre at the University of Oxford, Social Work

  • Childhood trauma, the brain and the social world

    Childhood trauma, the brain and the social world - UKTC ( The UK Trauma Council has created a guide sharing research into how brain changes following trauma can affect a child’s social world. The guide illustrates the importance of social relationships for mental health and explains that children with a history of maltreatment could face social difficulties such as bullying. Recommendations include: prioritising the social experience of children and providing support for parents, carers and professionals.

  • Declaration of the 3rd European Youth Work Convention.

    Ready the Final Declaration of the 3rd European Youth Work Convention.

  • Evaluating innovation in children’s social care - National Audit Office (NAO) Report

    Evaluating innovation in children’s social care - National Audit Office (NAO) Report The WorldBuilders programme aims to build teachers’ confidence in using media arts to teach digital literacies. This partnership between six Yorkshire schools, artists, the University of Sheffield and the National Videogame Museum is supported through the Teacher Development Fund. Dr Becky Parry explores what they’ve learned so far. Read the blog

  • Special educational needs in England, Academic Year 2021/22

    Special educational needs in England, Academic Year 2021/22 – Explore education statistics – GOV.UK ( The Department for Education has published latest statistics drawn from school censuses showing that just under 1.5m pupils in England have special educational need and that 355,566 or 4% pupils had an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or Statement of Special Educational (SEN) need in the year 2021 - 22, up by 9.2% on the previous year

  • How we are Working with the UN to protect Children's Rights

    How we are working with the United Nations to protect children’s rights - The Education Hub ( The government has submitted its report on progress to meet the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This included responding to a List of Issues from the UN Committee, informed by civil society organisations including children's charities. For this reporting round, the government consulted over 5,000 children around the country on how their rights are being met, and has produced a child-friendly infographic showing what is being done to support children's rights in areas such as internet safety, money and protecting children in conflict with the law

  • New evidence of the ‘year of financial fear’ being endured by UK’s low-income families

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published new analysis of the toll taken by the current cost of living crisis on the 40% of households on the lowest incomes. It finds families turning to credit to cover essentials, falling behind on payments and missing both heating and eating rather than choosing between the two. It also finds the government is causing severe hardship by using the benefit system to collect some debts, often at unaffordable rates. People forced to have these ‘debt deductions’ are suffering more severely than families on benefits without them.

  • Social Snapshot

    The Social Snapshot explores highlights key trends surrounding Gen Z and the Online Space. These perspectives can be translated into actionable insights for you and your organisation

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    Peer Power

    Young people have highlighted the importance of youth practitioners showing empathy when working with those who have experienced trauma

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    State of the Nation report

    The Department for Education has published its third annual State of the Nation report, providing an in-depth picture of the experiences of children and young people aged 5 to 24 throughout the pandemic during the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

  • Vast majority of under 25s took up positive pandemic mental health habits

    New research from YoungMinds shows that the vast majority of under 25s did something to improve or maintain their mental health last year, despite the uncertainty and disruption of the pandemic

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    Trauma Informed Care - Understanding the Use of Trauma Infomred Approaches within Children's Soical Care

    Trauma-informed care is widely used and perceived to add value to children’s social care.

  • UK Poverty 2022: The essential guide to understanding poverty in the UK

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has published a new-style comprehensive report on poverty in the UK, calling for coordinated commitment, effort and action on the intersecting issues and challenges its report identifies

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    Youth Evidence Review: Part 1 & 2

    Prior to the pandemic, DCMS commissioned an independent provider to undertake a Youth Evidence Review in order to understand the opportunities and challenges facing young people. The review consists of two pieces of research to inform government thinking on youth policy; a rapid evidence assessment which summarises evidence on the extent to which young people are experiencing positive mental and physical wellbeing, and qualitative research exploring how young people engage with their local area

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    Leaving lockdown

    oung people’s employment in 2021: improvements and challenges in the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic

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    Covid 19 - and the Disadvantage Gaps in England 2020

    The Education Policy Institute has published analysis of progress to address educational inequalities both in the recent pandemic-impacted years and over the past ten years. In terms of 'measured grade gaps', that is disparities in centrally-assessed grades such as GCSEs and A Levels, rather than in students' underlying abilities

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    Special edition: Care Leavers and the Criminal Justice System

    Black and ethnic minority children in care are being “accelerated” through the criminal justice system due to a dual threat of “care system failings” and racism by police and the courts, an academic report has warned

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    Unapologetically Me –‘Transcending Resilience’

    A report exploring the role of resilience in supporting the well-being of young people with racialised identities, from minoritised communities.

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    Girlguiding UK Young People Polling – Report 2022

    More Than One in Five Girls Experience ‘Cyberflashing’ suggests almost 8 in 10 girls and young women have experienced online harm

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    YMCA Devalued- a decade of cuts to youth services 2022

    Research by YMCA, reveals that not only have funding cuts now reached £1.1bn (a real-terms fall of 74% since 2010/11) but annual spend per head on 5-to-17-year-olds in England has plummeted from £158 in 2010/11 to just £37 in 2020/21. Looking at local authority spending per head across the two countries, YMCA discovered a postcode lottery of funding variations, the difference even between some neighbouring local authorities was stark, with spend per 5-to-17-year-old in Wandsworth in 2020/21 reaching £108.25, while in neighbouring Merton the figure was just £29.77

  • NCS and Democratic Engagement summary Report

    The Behavioural Insights Team has published analysis of the impact of service learning through programmes like the National Citizen Service on young people's participation in political activity such as protesting or signing a petition.

  • The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people: insight from the voices of parents and carers

    The NSPCC has published a briefing on what parents and carers have told their helpline about the impact of domestic abuse on their children's safety, behaviour, and mental health. It quotes extensively from concerned parents and step-parents.

  • Youth Evidence Review part 1 - 2

    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published two parts of a review it commissioned from NatCen before the pandemic looking at young people's lives to inform government thinking on youth policy. They include a deep dive involving eight focus groups of young people and a rapid evidence assessment. The deep dive details what young people felt was missing from youth provision, including: • Mental health support • Career and future planning support • Reporting racism • Spaces to hang out • Spaces to study outside home • Activities to prevent anti-social behaviour • Inclusive spaces accessible to a diversity of young people

  • Digital Youth Index

    Nominet Digital Youth Index Report Nominet has published the Digital Youth Index, looking into young people's access to and experience of digital spaces. Based on a survey and qualitative research of 8 - 25 year olds and the parents and professionals around them,

  • Youth employment in the UK 2021

    explores how young people understand and are prepared for the world of work. 66% of graduates feel the educational qualifications they hold were necessary to get their current job, but just 41% said they were necessary to do their job effectively, according to the report. In response to the report’s findings, the CIPD is calling for increased government funding for careers advice, for schools and colleges to give equal focus to vocational and academic routes and employers to collaborate with local schools and colleges

  • Child Of The North Report

    Children in the North are more likely to live in poverty than those in the rest of England – and increasingly so. Poverty is the lead driver of inequalities between children in the North and their counterparts in the rest of the country, leading to worse physical and mental health outcomes, educational attainment, and lower lifelong economic productivity

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    Youth Conversations - how to increase access to international experiences at home and abroad

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    Children in crisis: the role of public services in overcoming child vulnerability

  • Pandemic has caused "crisis of confidence" among young people about their skills for work

  • London Voices: the journey to full participation

    The report argues that civic and democratic participation in London and the United Kingdom more broadly need to be addressed urgently

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    Benefits of an out-of-school time program on social-emotional learning among disadvantaged adolescent youth: A retrospective analysis

    Highlights • Retrospective study shows positive youth development for out-of-school time program. • Higher levels of social-emotional learning (SEL) when living in urban area. • Vocational high school students show more positive results than other school types. • Follow-up programs enhance experience of development of social-emotional learning.

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    Youth Evidence - Deep Dive Focus Group Findings

    The findings from the focus groups were analysed to answer five questions: • How do young people spend their time outside of school? • What is missing from local provision in their area? • What are the barriers young people face in accessing activities / services or engaging in the way in which they would like? • What benefits do they feel it would bring if they could access the things they would like to do? • Do they feel empowered to make the changes they wish to see in their local area/beyond?

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    Youth Review - Rapid Evidence Assessment findings

    The Government is committed to investing in young people’s futures and to helping all young people to fulfil their potential. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has commissioned a Youth Evidence Review to understand the challenges and opportunities facing young people today and in the future, and to inform Government thinking on youth policy. This report presents findings from the first stage of the Review – a rapid evidence assessment. It summarises current evidence on the extent to which young people are: • experiencing positive wellbeing • safe and treated fairly and equally • mentally and physically healthy • learning and prepared for work • active members of society

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    Regional Training booklet

    Information for youth workers to support CPD

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    Care Leavers Offers

    Compare Council Performance

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    It Takes a Village - The case for family support in every community

    This report draws on Barnardo’s experience in communities across the country to highlight what we think effective family support looks like.

  • Time's Running Out

    The National Youth Agency and YMCA have published a report describing 'the death of youth services by a thousand cuts' - 73% since 2010.

  • The Big Ask - England's Childrens Commissioner Report

  • Children in poverty: Measurement and targets

  • Next Steps

  • The Good Childhood Report

    The number of children unhappy with their lives has dramatically increased over the last decade, concerning new research warns.

  • Overlooked Report

    Young people in rural areas overlooked, left to fall between the cracks

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    Mind Matters Lessons From Past Crises for Children and Adolescents Mental Health

    COVID-19 is a crisis like no other in modern times. It has reached every population and community. While the evidence base is still nascent, this report looks at the impacts of disasters and past epidemics – such as Ebola, HIV, SARS/MERS and Zika – on child and adolescent mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, and examines how these insights can guide policies and progammes to support children, their families and communities during the current pandemic.

  • Community Life Survey 2020/21

    The Community Life Survey is a nationally representative annual survey of adults (16+) in England that aims to track the latest trends and developments across areas that are key to encouraging social action and empowering communities.

  • Review of Youth Work in England: Interim report

    The APPG on Youth Affairs has been holding a short review of the progress across statutory and voluntary youth services, following on from an extensive inquiry into youth work and recommendations in 2019.

  • A decade of change for children's services funding

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    Youth Social Action Rapid Evidence Assessment

    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), one of the main funders of social action programmes in the UK, commissioned Alma Economics to carry out a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) to collect evidence on the causes of youth social action participation and the impact of social action on outcomes for young people

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    Trauma Post Event Booklet

    Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Knowledge Exchange Post event update April 2021

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    Youth Survey Report May 2021

    International Opportunities Beyond Erasmus +

  • Sliding Doors' effect

    A care experienced former social worker describes a 'Sliding Doors' effect that separates children in care from their peers and leaves them unsupported in adulthood

  • A Connected Recovery: Findings of the APPG on Loneliness Inquiry

  • Children’s views on being reported missing from care

  • Deaf Advance: Deaf people, employment and career progression April 2021

  • Joint Briefing on the Benefit Cap and Domestic Abuse

    This briefing sets out the concerns of Shelter and Women’s Aid Federation of England on the impact of the benefit cap on survivors of domestic abuse.

  • The Impact of Military Life on the Service Child :The Overlooked Casualties of Conflict– Update and Review Report - 2021

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    Evaluation of the yOUTh service 2021

    This third annual report documents findings from recent research activities, i.e., the third round of consultation with young people

  • Lockdown one year on: how young women are paying the price for the pandemic

    This report draws on a survey, Young Women’s Trust asked young women about their experiences since the pandemic hit. The findings make for troubling reading, providing yet more evidence of how young women feel let down by government

  • Every village, every hour 2021 buses report: full report

    The aim of this report is to show how we can have a bus system that is fit for the climate emergency and that will put an end to the inequality and social exclusion

  • Outside, Looking In

    report produced in partnership with Youth Employment UK, looks at young people's unemployment. Young people who face the biggest barriers to work risk falling between the cracks, without a job or training and with little support.

  • Punishing Abuse

    Ground-breaking report: Evidence shows too many young people in the criminal justice system suffer from violence, poverty, and abuse growing up - West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (

  • Between the Lines

    Young people are being groomed locally – ‘on their door steps’ – as drug gangs and dealers adapt the way they work to exploit young people across county lines

  • UNCRC General Comment on children's rights in relation to the digital environment

    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child codifies children’s rights and is the basis upon which much domestic legislation in relation to children rests around the world. The Committee on the Rights of the Child have now updated the Convention outlining how children should be treated in the digital world, thanks to the work of 5Rights Foundation

  • The State of Education: Poverty, the Pandemic and Recovery

    The National Education Union's (NEU) State of Education survey gathered views from 10,000+ school and college staff to give a clear signal on how best to steer a course for education out of Covid on how schools can continue supporting disadvantaged pupils

  • Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities: The Report March 21


    At least one in five victims of criminal exploitation by drugs gangs in the UK are children, analysis of calls to a modern slavery and exploitation helpline shows

  • Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image

    As the country prepares for the reopening of gyms and beauty salons, a new report into body image has branded the Government's approach to eating disorders and tackling poor body image, and a key health indicator, potentially harmful

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    Stop Abuse Together Campaign

    Together, we can stop child sexual abuse. If you’re worried something isn’t right, you’ve come to the right place. You’re not alone – there’s always someone who will listen to you and take what you say seriously. This page will help you find support – whether it’s for you, or someone you know.

  • UK Youth Fund Report 1

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    The state of children’s mental health services 2020/21

    A dramatic rise in serious mental health conditions in children over the last three years has been revealed in a damning report by the children’s commissioner for England.

  • UK Poverty Report

    UK Poverty Report 20/21 from JRF has shown that even before coronavirus, millions of people in our society were living precarious and insecure lives. In many instances, coronavirus has swept them deeper into poverty, as well as dragging others under, many of whom will have not experienced this situation before

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    Prince’s Trust and EPI - Young People’s Mental and Emotional Health.

    The report shows how the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Generation Z deteriorates as they enter their teenage years – with girls in particular seeing a big drop in their wellbeing and self-esteem in their mid-teens. The research also looks at the factors driving this, finding that all of the following have a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people: lower family income, heavy social media use, being bullied, and infrequent exercise

  • in the Loop - no 16

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    Building Commonality Anne Frank Trust Impact Report 2020

    Young people participating in education programmes run by the Anne Frank Trust UK benefit from “significant and long-lasting anti-prejudice outcomes”,

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    Impact of Covid-19 on the BAME community and voluntary sector: A follow up

  • Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents

    A blog to support parents with their child's mental health

  • Detached Youth Work Covid Guidance update Nov 20

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    Moving, Always Moving: The Normalisation of Housing Insecurity Among Children in Low Income Households in England

    This report looks at the impact of insecure housing on children and young people. It reviews previous studies on the impact on health and finds that children who frequently move home are likely to have worse health outcomes (both physical and mental) and that this can follow through to adulthood.

  • Action for Children – Giving care leavers the chance to stay: Staying Put six years on

    This new report explores how to make sure all young people leaving foster care can keep living with their carers once they turn 18, if that’s what they want. Research shows that many young people in foster care still have to move out before they are ready. This is primarily because of a lack of funding

  • AS ONE… NOT ALONE. Tackling youth loneliness through youth work and healthy relationships.

    produced by UK Youth

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    State of the Nation 2020 Children & Young People's Wellbeing

    A report on wellbeing in children and young people in 2020

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    Updated Guidance for delivering youth work during Covid 19

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    Covid 19 - Red Readiness Fact Sheet


    ADHD awareness Month article

    its ADHD awareness month - here is a personal blog to deepen our understanding

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    National Guidance for LAs

    New national guidance for local authorities on providing youth services is another important guide which has been published. It sets out clear levels of youth work support for areas. Please read, and pass on. You can download a copy from our website here


    Youth Worker's Ambitions - Template for download

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    Youth Work Curriculum 2020

    The curriculum will enable a greater understanding of youth work practice, provide an educational framework and act as a reference tool to be used by decision makers, policy makers, commissioners, youth workers and young people. Youth Focus North East are part of the development team for this important document.

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    Prince’s Trust - Aspirations Gap.

    more than a third of young people (39%) claim to have abandoned their aspirations for the year ahead, with this increasing significantly among those young people surveyed who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs)

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    Living Through a Lockdown: Reflections and recommendations from young people at risk of serious violence

    StreetDoctors, Redthread and MAC-UK surveyed young people who use their services to find out how lockdown affected their lives and their communities, and how we as a nation could better support them. The report offers insights into the experiences of some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people, and makes urgent recommendations for local and national leaders

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    Vulnerability in childhood: a public health informed approach

    The report looks at identifying and meeting needs, reducing risk and building protective factors. It also outlines PHE resources that can be used to inform multi-agency approaches to addressing childhood vulnerability. PHE have also published an additional report describing the extent and nature of vulnerability in childhood in England

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    Kings College London - Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children's social care in 15 English local authorities

    This report examines the arrangements introduced in 15 local authority children's social care departments in England during the coronavirus pandemic. Discusses: referrals of concerns about children's welfare; working with families in a pandemic; contact with families; child protection conferences; contact between children and birth families; foster care; placements; care leavers and unaccompanied young people seeking asylum; residential homes; and multi-agency working.

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    Levelling Up Our Communities Report - Danny Kruger MP

    details proposals for a new social covenant and sets out a vision for a more local, more human, less bureaucratic, less centralised society in which people are supported and empowered to play an active role in their neighbourhoods. The report highlights that it is estimated that up to a million young people may face unemployment in the coming years

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    The Digital Divide: Internet Access for Care Leaves

    This report was undertaken in partnership with the Network of Regional Youth Units and the National House Project. This work gathered the views of 90 care experienced young people on their digital access during Covid19. The focus for the review was to gain insight into the impact of digital exclusion on young people and influence future planning and delivery to ensure that young people are not adversely affected by digital poverty in the current climate.

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    Sheffield Youth Voice Matters Report 2020

    Covid19 has had a disproportionate effect upon the lives and future prospects of Sheffield’s children and young people. The city’s youth-led voluntary sector have pulled together a report on this impact through the Children and Young People’s Partnership Network: Youth Voice Matters Report. Please find attached a copy of the report. We are calling on all statutory and voluntary sector organisations and leaders to work with us to ensure our City is doing the best we can to support young people. We would like to share our report more widely to show how the VCS sector in Sheffield is responding to Covid collectively and wondered if you would be interested in sharing the work we have done. The key recommendations are around 1. Mental health 2. Education 3. Employment 4. Youth services 5. Racial equity


    Video Resource - Understanding and responding to youth criminality toolkit

    As part of the Early Intervention Youth Fund (EIYF) and Programme Precision, a video toolkit has been created by West Yorkshire Police as a resource to look at the current issues young people may experience or have experienced around criminality. Concerns such as involvement in drugs, drug addiction and violence are discussed in a real life based format. There are 3 videos that make up the toolkit: 1. Pathways into criminality 2. Drug addiction 3. Early intervention / diversionary work Each video has a lesson plan and activity for delivery in groups.

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    The Digital Divide Internet Access for Care Leavers

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    Approaches to Youth Participation in Youth & Community Work Practice

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    Open access youth work review Phoebe Hill

    In summary, this narrative presents a compelling picture of the need for youth work in London and beyond, and the impact and influence of youth work in the lives of young people. While it represents the original and commendable work of its author, Dr Phoebe Hill, the drivers for this review were established through numerous discussions and events in London as part of the Cornerstone Fund partnership, ‘Setting the research agenda with, and for, young people’

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    My Future My Feelings My Family

    “It is a snapshot in time about the pressures young carers and young adult carers are facing, it also sets out what they need now more than ever as we live with and beyond a pandemic. Carers Trust is re-igniting the national conversation about how we can work together to ensure young carers and young adult carers get the recognition they deserve and the support they need to live the lives they want.”

  • Experiences of Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence in the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Seventy per cent of parents, who have experienced child and adolescent-to-parent violence, saw an increase in violent episodes during lockdown, according to a report from researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester

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    Inside Out

    National Youth Agency - Young people's health and wellbeing report on young people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing in response to the coronavirus crisis

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    The Good Childhood Report 2020

    the report draws together a variety of national and international sources that examine children’s self-reported well-being. ‘Well-being’ is used to refer to a range of things in everyday life, such as being happy, not being ill, feeling fulfilled and being financially secure.

  • The 2020 World Youth Report “Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda

    The report calls on governments and other decision-makers to remove obstacles to youth social entrepreneurship, such as access to start-up funds that are presently limiting the ability of young people to engage in profitable activities

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    Unregulated - Children in care living in semi-independent accommodation September 2020

    Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, has produced a report revealing how thousands of children in care are living in unregulated independent or semi-independent accommodation, ranging from a flat to a hostel or bedsit, and in the worst cases caravans, tents and in one case even a barge.


    UNICEF - Child Well Being Report Card 16

    A new UNICEF report on child well-being, warns of a 'looming children's crisis', highlighting poor mental health, increasing obesity and low literacy among UK children, ranking the UK 27th in a list of 41 high-income countries

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    The Space Between Us - Children’s mental health and wellbeing in isolated areas

    Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing in Isolated Areas Report investigated the impact of geographic isolation on the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 8-13.

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    North Yorkshire Youth Commission Final Report 2020

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    A Guide for Education Settings Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Needs Which Have Arisen from COVID-19

    the Yorkshire & the Humber Children & Young People’s Mental Health Clinical Network have created a guide for education settings on how to respond to mental health and emotional wellbeing needs which have arisen because of COVID-19.

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    Our Place - Local authorities and the public’s mental health report 

    presents learning from local areas alongside an overview of the evidence for prevention and the national policy context.

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    Chances for Children Campaign - Impact Report

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    Transitions to Adulthood: Improving the life chances of care leavers.

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    Support for care leavers resource pack

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    Teen body image and self-esteem A practical guide for parents

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    Barnardos - New Term New Challenges New Opportunities

    Barnardo’s NI has published a report looking at teachers' views and experiences on the impact of lockdown, the return to school for pupils, and what help they will need to support the mental health and wellbeing of pupils. A survey of 167 education professionals across Northern Ireland found that nearly 90% of respondents thought that the pandemic was likely to have an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of pupils. Recommendations to government include: prioritising mental health and wellbeing in the recovery curriculum and increasing funding and investment in mental health and wellbeing services in schools.

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    Revolving Doors - Racial Bias Is Pulling Black Young Adults Into The Revolving Door

    Revolving Doors - Racial Bias Is Pulling Black Young Adults Into The Revolving Door A report by the Revolving Doors Agency into racial bias in the criminal justice system warns that black adults aged 18 to 24 are “significantly more likely to be dragged into the criminal justice system for relatively low-level and non-violent offences, such as theft or minor drug offences, rather than being given the support they need”.

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    Open Access Youth Work: A Narrative Review of Impact

    this narrative presents a compelling picture of the need for youth work in London and beyond, and the impact and influence of youth work in the lives of young people.

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    Inside Out

    young people’s health report, published by the NYA and Brook charity, it highlights the disproportionate impact that Covid 19 is having on young people’s health and wellbeing, and the urgent need for this to be prioritised.

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    Covid-19 Safer Youth Clubs

    Advice from IF-Do on delivering Safer Youth Clubs

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    The Safety Net is Gone Aug 20

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    The State of Child Poverty 2020

    Buttle UK have today published 'The State of Child Poverty 20' - a unique insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic inside the homes of some of the most vulnerable families in the UK.

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    National Food Strategy part one July 20

    The aim of this independent review is to rethink how the whole food system should work, from farm to fork.

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    Living Standards Audit July 20

    This report looks at how households were faring before the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, but also presents how the incomes of different groups were affected during the height of the lockdown.

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    Psychology of Loneliness report July 20

    Why it matters and what we can do

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    Community Mobilisation July 20

    this report is a helpful guide on how to unlock the potential of community power

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    Living in poverty was bad for your health before COVID-19

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    life on hold childrens well being and covid-19

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    NYA Covid Response July 20

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    YVC Final Report July 20

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    Levelling Up Yorkshire & the Humber Report July 20

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  • Remote mental health interventions for young people

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    Y&H YV SG Education Report doc

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    Detached Youth Work Guidance

    This publication sets out the basics of detached youth work and other non-building-based forms of youth work, and locates them in the context of COVID-19.

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    A Return to Ancient Truths

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