Monday, August 14, 2006

Something's afoot in youth services

Guido Fawkes covers the Sunday Times allegations that nu-labour’s favourite think-tank, the IPPR, is offering firms privileged access to government policy makers as part of paid-for “sponsorship” programmes.

The latest edition of ‘Young People Now’, the sector magazine for youth services,
reports that:

An influential think-tank looks set to condemn unstructured activities for young people - including several aspects of youth work - when it reports in the autumn. The Institute for Public Policy Research is carrying out a study of youth policy. Researchers have found that "non-cognitive" social and emotional skills, such as self-esteem, are key to making a successful transition to adulthood. These can be developed through interaction with peers, institutions, the local environment, and parents.

However, it is thought that non-structured activities, such as hanging around with friends at a youth club, have a negative effect.

We wonder how many adults would tolerate conducting their social lives entirely through evening classes? But that aside, funnily enough, only three weeks earlier:
Youth minister Beverley Hughes criticised statutory youth services at the launch of a parenting initiative last week. Hughes told delegates at an event held by the Institute for Public Policy Research that services for excluded young people were important, not who delivers them. "Youth provision in this country by local authorities has an appalling record, so you need diversity," she said.
Sounds to us as if the build-up for a private sector putsch on youth services has begun.


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