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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.1 Target population of youth policy

Last update: 12 January 2021

Target population of the national youth policy

Responsibilities for policies targeting young people sit in different departments across Government. For example, policy responsibility for young people’s mental health sits in the Department of Health & Social Care, whereas responsibility for out-of-school opportunities for young people sits in the Office for Civil Society in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. These departments’ policies address different age ranges, and so there is no single age range for youth policy in England. 


Target population of local authority provision

A duty is placed on local authorities to promote the well-being of young people aged 13-19 by securing access to sufficient educational, recreational leisure-time activities and facilities for them, so far as is reasonably practicable. This age range rises to 24 years for those with learning difficulties. Local authorities are also expected to provide more targeted services for vulnerable young people, including teenage pregnancy advice, youth justice teams, drug and alcohol misuse services and homelessness support.