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Partnership for Young London's members' weekly policy update is a collection of policy news, opportunities, and an update on our events and work in London's youth sector. If you have any opportunities or work that you want to promote, please email



This week we look at the Time to Move campaign - Discovery ways to Experience Europe. A campaign set to launch by Eurodesk on the 1st October which aims to highlight activities to get to know about opportunities to live, study, volunteer and work abroad.
Eurodesk contains a number of resources on its site including: A Teacher's guide on the prevention of violent extremism
Published by UNESCO, this guide aims to provide practical advice on when and how to discuss the issue of violent extremism and radicalisation with learners and help teachers create a classroom climate that is inclusive and conducive to respectful dialogue, open discussion and critical thinking.


Extra £25m to improve mental health services for young people
An extra £25m has been allocated to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country to accelerate plans for improving mental health services for children and young people. The new money has been allocated to ensure that by 2020, an extra 70,000 children and young people will be able to access evidence based treatment.

Lewisham Council launches youth service mutual
Social enterprise Youth First, which is 70% owned by staff and 30% by young people, took over running Lewisham Council's youth services in September.

  • All of the council's youth service staff (around 55) have transferred.
  • It is a three-year contract worth more than £3m after a tendering process.
  • The council will reduce the amount paid by £150,000 each year over the duration of the contract.
Green Party calls for youth minister role in government
The Green Party has called for the introduction of a dedicated minister for youth following a report that found young people in Britain are "a generation in crisis". Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, said Britain is living through an "terrible age of insecurity" and it is no surprise that a whole generation of young people have been left in crisis.


11th October Equality Support Programme
17th October Theory of Change
(Date moved back TBC) Make Culture Work for young people
3rd of November Theory of Change
18th November Theory of Change
2nd December London Policy Network


Charity Talks from Cass Business School
Cass Charity talks each focus on a different issue and feature a range of expert speakers.  Tickets are £30 for each 2 hours talk. Various dates starting Weds 26th October. 

Big Society Capital Fund Manager
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Big Society Capital (BSC) have been co-developing a proposal with the goal of eliminating the poverty premium in the UK by 2027. They are looking for a Fund Manager to run an investment fund involving three possible funding streams.

Using the Equality Act 2010 two day training
Race on the Agenda are running a two day training session around using the equality act 2010. Day one focuses on compliance, and day two on using the public sector equality duty. This training course is FREE for all voluntary/community sector organisations based in London.

The Apprenticeship Levy Conference
The Apprenticeship Levy Conference seeks to give clarification and the latest updates on the apprenticeship levy, with a line of expert speakers and Q&A sessions. The tickets are £116.00 per person.

‘A day in the life’ work shadow scheme 2016/17
A Day In The Life is a work-shadowing initiative that provides opportunity for staff from government and voluntary organisations to step into each other's shoes for a day and learn about how the other sector operates. Applications for the 2016/17 programme close 16 October.

European Charter on Quality in Learning Mobility in the youth field – Consultation
The Council of Europe is calling for contributing to a public consultation on the current draft of the European Charter on Quality in Learning Mobility in the youth field. The consultation will be open until 10 November 2016, and is addressed to

  • Young people who have participated in learning mobility activities (youth exchanges, EVS, placements, school stays);
  • Practitioners in the field of learning mobility (project organisers and youth workers);
  • National Erasmus+ agencies;
  • Researchers;
  • Policy makers.

Job Advert: Social Worker Youth Offending
Enfield Council is hiring a social worker. The deadline is Sunday 23rd of October.

Job Advert: Learning & Participation Producer
Arts Council England is hiring a learning & participation producer. The deadline is Wednesday 12th October 2016.

Job Advert: Programme Manager
Camden Council is hiring a programme manager. The deadline is Sunday 2nd of October.
Job Advert: Regional Head
BBC Children in Need is recruiting a regional head of London and South East. The deadline is Sunday 9th October.
Job Advert: Project Manage (Youth Opportunity)
Camden Council is hiring a project manager. The deadline is Sunday 2nd of October.
Job Advert: Project Manager (Youth Opportunity)
Hackney Council is hiring a project manager. The deadline is Sunday 2nd of October.
Job Advert: Case Manager (Youth Offending Service)
London Borough of Brent is hiring a case manager. The deadline is Sunday 9th of October.


Youth on Board Awards
The Youth on Board Awards are an exclusively youth-led rolling award scheme that recognises innovative and exciting youth participation, both from young people and the projects and organisations that support them. The deadline for applications is the 7th of October.


Big Lottery Fund & DCMS Youth Investment Fund 
​Funding of up to £750,000 until 2020 is available to help organisation to deliver, expand and create high quality youth provision in targeted areas. Voluntary community or social enterprise organisations must have an evidenced track record in delivering front line services with and for young people. The deadline is 11th November 2016.

Social Tech Seed
Nominet Trust has opened their Social Tech Seed fund, which provides funding and support that enables social purpose entrepreneurial organisations with a basic, but functional, digital prototype to develop it. Grant funding is typically between £15,000 and £50,000.


Self-harm, PTSD and mental illness soar among young women in England
The biggest NHS survey of mental ill-health and treatment since 2007 has found that rates of self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic mental illness are soaring among young women in England. 
  • One in eight young women (12.6%) aged 16-24 has PTSD. That is three times the rate of 4.2% recorded when the government-funded study was last conducted in 2007.
  • Self harm in young women has also risen three-fold from 6.5% in 2000 to 11.7% in 2007 and 19.7% in 2014. 
  • Overall, 28.2% of young women told researchers they had some form of mental health condition, almost three times higher than the 10% of men from the same age group who did so.
The impact of money worries on children
The Children's Society's report into the effects of family debt on children has found that the 2.4 million children living in families with problem debt in England and Wales are 5 times more likely to be at risk of having low well-being than those not facing difficulties with debt. 

Long-distance youth custody placements 'reduce family visits'
A report by the Prisons Inspectorate has found young people who are held in youth custody miles away from their home receive fewer visits from their family than those who are detained closer. Children and staff told inspectors that distance made it harder for family and carers to visit and maintain their relationships.

The invisible problem? Improving students’ mental health
The HE Policy Institute examined the issue of student mental health in a new report which found a growing number of students in need of help and support and universities struggling to cope students are less happy and more anxious than non-students.

Only 8% of 11-18 year olds get their five a day
Nat Cen has published a National Diet and Nutrition Survey, providing a detailed picture of the diet and nutrition status of the UK population. It found that only 8% of children aged 11-18 met the 5-a-day recommendation for fruit and vegetable consumption, while 11 - 18 year olds are not getting the recommended amount of Vitamin A and iron.

Employer demand for intermediate technical education in higher education
HEFCE has published a huge report into technical education highlighting the continuing dilemma of both employer demand for, but confusion about, technical skills and calling for greater clarity about skills, routes and pathways.

Youth drinking in transition report
The think-tank Demos published the results of a survey into the drinking habits of young people, finding binge drinking by 16-24 yr olds in decline, but still a common practice in HE and among young office workers.

Higher Education in the UK: Skills, provision, and graduates
Universities UK has looked at the sorts of skills valued in the market place for graduates, and how these are being provided for in current provision, as part of its wider Review of Skills. 

Charities in financial difficulty
The Charity Commission has published analysis of audit reports from charities in financial difficulty. Focussing on organisations with a turnover of more than £1 million, the Charity Commission found uncertainties over future funding.

Banking for All report
DEMOS have published a report into the challenges of financial exclusion in the UK. In regards to charities, it found that local charities, in particular, are a key resource for targeting those most at risk.

Charities' role in Brexit
CAF has published a paper calling for charities to be given an integral role in supporting the UK as it leaves the European Union. With 63% of people believing it is important for charities to highlight government policies they believe will negatively affect people.,
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