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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.3 National youth strategy

Last update: 26 January 2021


On this page
  1. Existence of a National Youth Strategy
  2. Scope and contents
  3. Responsible authority for the implementation of the Youth Strategy
  4. Revisions/updates


Existence of a National Youth Strategy

Currently, there is no overarching youth policy strategy in Wales. However, Wales just recently introduced its 2019 Youth Work Strategy for Wales to give direction to those planning and delivering youth work. Please see Chapter 10 for more information. 


Scope and contents


Responsible authority for the implementation of the Youth Strategy




1.4 Youth policy decision-making


On this page
  1. Structure of Decision-making
  2. Main Themes
  3. The National Agency for Youth
  4. Policy monitoring and evaluation


Structure of Decision-making

National decision making

There is no single body solely responsible for youth policy decision making in Wales. 

Responsibility for youth work policy sits with the Minister for Education , through the Education Directorate. Some elements of youth policy are located in other areas of government, for example, health policy is part of the Health and Social Services Group.

Local decision making

The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 requires local authorities to make arrangements to promote and facilitate participation by children in the authority decisions which affect them. This was done by consulting children and young people when drawing up their Well-being Plan.The  Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015  sets out how each LA will work to meet the seven goals regarding the well-being of Wales..  Each year the Welsh Government publishes a report on the progress being made to reach these goals. Please see Well-being Wales: 2018 for the latest information. 

Statutory guidance on this duty has been issued to local authorities annexed to the Shared Purpose, Shared Future (SPSF) 2 Guidance on the individual role public bodies have).

Main Themes

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015lists several main themes that intersect with the EU Youth Strategy. These themes include:

  • A well-educated and conscientious society. 
  • Biodiversity and focus on the environment.
  • Physical and mental wellbeing. 
  • Equal opportunities no matter an individual’s background or socio-economic status. 
  • Promotion of culture and heritage and participation in the arts, sports, and recreation. 

Youth Work in Wales: Principles and Purposes (Youth Work in Wales Review Group, 2013), developed by the voluntary and statutory sector to explain and describes youth work in Wales, also sets out various goals regarding youth strategy. For more information, see Chapter 10. 

The National Agency for Youth

There is no specific Welsh National Agency for Youth. However, since 2006, the Welsh Government has fulfilled the role of a national agency for youth. Youth policy sits with the Education and Skills portfolio. The Welsh Government took on the responsibilities of the Wales Youth Agency following a rationalisation of arm’s length bodies. 

In addition, there are sector-led bodies which promote a joint-sector approach. The Youth Work Alliance Wales (YWAW) is a strategic forum which is co-chaired by CWVYS (the representative body for the  youth Third Sector in Wales) and the Wales Principal Youth Officers' Group. It promotes:

  • the well-being of young people in Wales
  • collaboration between the statutory and Third (voluntary) sectors (both locally and nationally)
  • the implementation of Youth Work in Wales: Principles and Purposes
  • the provision of data to inform youth work strategy and delivery in Wales
  • the quality and regulation of youth work in Wales
  • the influence of the sector through marketing and publicity.

Policy monitoring and evaluation

There are no mechanisms specifically for monitoring and evaluating the implementation and effects of youth policies. A range of tools are utilised for general policy monitoring including in-house research capability, commissioned research, surveys, impact assessments, consultations, etc. Some surveys, for example, may be conducted at regular intervals and new policy documents generally include a statement regarding the timing of any evaluation.

Further details of policy making, monitoring and evaluation processes are provided in the article on 'Evidence-based youth policy’.