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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 07/12/2020 - 18:13

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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


The main government department with responsibility for creativity and culture for young people in England is the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Its remit is all-age although it has some policies which focus on young people. The department's main policy areas include:

  • arts and culture
  • broadcasting
  • the creative industries
  • cultural property, heritage and the historic environment
  • libraries
  • museums and galleries.

DCMS works with a number of non-departmental public bodies including:

  • Arts Council England, which champions, invests in and develops artistic and cultural experiences for individuals of all ages. Its responsibilities include covers music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, contemporary craft, combined arts, galleries, circus, carnival arts, museums, and libraries
  • the Heritage Lottery Fund, which protects heritage sites across the UK
  • the British Film Institute, which preserves and gives individuals access to England's film heritage, supports the future success of British film and expands education and learning through film
  • Historic England, which works to preserve England's historic environment
  • the British Council, which is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Other main actors include the Department for Education and local authorities.

Non-public bodies 

The main non-public actors (many of whom receive some public funding) include:

  • Artswork, which aims to place the arts at the heart of work with, for and by children and young people, and champions high quality work by artists and art and cultural organisations.
  • Creative and Cultural Skills, which gives young people opportunities to learn and work in the creative industries, helps the creative industries to grow economically and ensures that employers benefit from a skilled generation of talent.
  • the Cultural Learning Alliance, which aims to unite the education, youth and cultural sectors and develop a coherent national strategy for cultural learning.
  • the National Association of Youth Theatres, which works to develop and empower young people through participation in youth theatre.
  • the National Literacy Trust, which works to raise literacy levels in the UK. 


Cross-sectoral cooperation

For details of cross-sectoral cooperation in relation to services for young people, see the article on 'Cross sectoral approach with other ministries' in the Chapter on Youth Policy Governance.