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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 27 January 2021


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1.Forthcoming policy developments
  1. Ongoing debates


Forthcoming policy developments

There are currently no forthcoming policy developments for youth work in Wales.

Ongoing debates


The Welsh government released guidance to youth work organisations for operations during the global pandemic. 

The Welsh Government is providing over £10 million to local authorities in 2020-21 through its Youth Support Grant. This includes £3.7 million to prevent youth homelessness and £2.5 million to support mental health and well-being, as well as core funding for youth work and youth engagement and progression through local authority services and in collaboration with their partners. The grant terms and conditions have been revised to include additional flexibilities aimed at recognising and supporting youth work service responses to COVID-19. These changes are intended to preserve the youth work service infrastructure while allowing greater agility for local government and its partners, including through the redeployment of staff and strengthening of digital outreach approaches.

Alongside the Youth Support Grant, local authorities will be actively considering how they spend their Revenue Support Grant funding and other funding streams on youth service activity to support vulnerable young people.

The Welsh Government is also making available funding through the National Voluntary Youth Organisations Grant, which started on 1 April 2020 and will run for two years. National voluntary youth organisations’ agreed objectives under this grant may need to change in light of the current COVID-19 situation, Welsh Government officials will discuss with grant recipients.