The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (and current home to Youth Work in Government) has launched a review of the guidance for local authorities of the thin piece of statute related to the provision of Youth Services as set out in Section 507b of the Education Act 1996. The scope of this review is currently solely in relation to the guidance on implementing the law, not what the law actually is. IYW Chair Adam Muirhead went on record last year talking in Children & Young People Now about the need for a review into the statute itself, in an article here. Nevertheless, this represents a positive opportunity for the sector to advocate for Youth Work and Civil Servants at the DCMS have been very open to making this piece of work as supportive as possible for the sector.
The review was discussed with the DCMS at the National Youth Work Advisory Board on the 22nd July 2019 – see picture below.
People are welcome to contribute to the review as part of the National Youth Agency’s Roadshows happening currently throughout England.