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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



25% of London, 100% its Future
Our youth voice programme has recently had 6 Youth Board Forums, and the young people have devised two different surveys which they will take to groups across the capital in the coming 3 months. If you work with any groups of young people, it would be great if you could circulate this quick survey: 

Next London Policy Network 
We only have a couple of places left for the next Policy Network taking place next Friday 30th September 2pm to 4.45pm, north wing of Guildhall, EC2V 7HH. The agenda will feature: 
  • Youth Policy Statement – Charlotte Clarke, Cabinet Office 
  • Youth Investment Fund - Ella Mizon, Funding and Relationship Manager (London Local Team), Big Lottery Fund - £40 million fund (focused on the local authority areas Barking & Dagenham, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Havering and Redbridge)
  • Young people and anti-Muslim incidents* Fiyaz Mugha, Tell Mama Faith Matters 
  • Eurodesk, Lucy Sandford, Partnership for Young London
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Home Office announces support for groups tackling extremism
The Home Office has launched a programme of support for frontline organisations working to challenge extremism in their communities. Organisations with a track record of promoting community cohesion and tackling extremism are being encouraged to bid for support as part of the first wave of the Building a Stronger Britain Together 4-year programme.

Ongoing failure to tackle "national scandal" of female genital mutilation
The Home Affairs Committee says everyone involved in protecting children must be made aware of, and prevent, female genital mutilation. The duty on frontline professionals to report incidences of FGM must be enforced with stronger sanctions.

NCS announces delivery partners
The winning bidders represent a wide range of organisations from the voluntary and youth sectors across England and Northern Ireland including UK Youth, OnSide, Ambition, Citizens UK and Curious Minds, all of which have a track record in recruiting and delivering programmes for young people.

New Master’s level apprenticeships to go ahead
The development of a new Master’s-level degree apprenticeships in leadership and management have been given the go-ahead by government as another way for businesses to make the most of the Apprenticeship Levy. Aimed at senior executives and the C-suite, the apprenticeship will look to provide both a Master’s Degree and Chartered Fellow status with CMI upon completion.

Student protection plans
The government set out its initial thoughts on what protections students should be entitled to expect from the forthcoming Office for Students in the event of a possible course or institutional closure, loss of a member of staff or other change in circumstance

Government exempts care leavers from housing benefit cap
In a statement to Parliament, Work and Pensions Secretary Damien Green said the local housing allowance cap, which comes into force in social housing from April 2018, will not cover those living in supported housing.

Robert Halfon: Quality and sustainable apprenticeships
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon has set out how apprenticeship reforms and the apprenticeship levy will deliver a quality and sustainable apprenticeships system for people of all backgrounds and all ages.

Boroughs celebrate the brightest and best apprentices
The London Borough Apprenticeship Awards took place last Friday, run by London Councils, with Southwark winning best work with supply chains and small businesses.

Lib Dems urge post-Brexit protection for EU youth programme
The Liberal Democrats have backed a motion calling on the government to protect the Erasmus+ programme. John Pugh, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson and MP for Southport, said it would be "utterly unfair" to deprive young people the opportunity to study abroad because they "overwhelmingly" voted to remain during the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU. 

DWP: European Social Fund 2014 to 2020
The Department for Work and Pensions has announced its role as a co-financing organisation for European Social Fund 2014 to 2020 is to procure and contract manage provision.

Believe In Me 
Campaign launched by Barnardo's to support the strategy and stress the importance of believing in children.based. Its new research found 88 per cent of young people in Britain today say they ‘lack confidence and doubt they will succeed in life’, prompting a reminder from Barnardo’s to parents, carers and adults about the importance of expressing belief in children and young people. Key findings

  • Only 17 per cent saying they feel confident about the future
  • 65 per cent saying grown-ups are ‘not very good’ at telling them they believe they can succeed
  • 50 per cent of parents agreeing there’s more pressure on young people today than when they were young, while 63% admitted their expectations of children range from high to too high

Pink book saved
The two year deal, which safeguards the joint negotiating committee (JNC) terms and conditions for youth and community workers, known as the ‘pink book’, has also been unanimously accepted by the JNC staff side unions; the NUT, UCU and Unison.


30th September London Policy Network
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


Small Charities Programme
The Charity Finance Group have started the Small Charities Programme initiative, which aims to provide practical training at and resources to smaller organisations across England and Wales, to support them with managing their finances. It delivers affordable, relevant, useful financial training and free downloadable resources, aimed at supporting small charities in different locations across England and Wales.

#iwillWeek 2016
Taking place between the 21st-25th November, #iwillWeek wants to highlight the the benefits of youth social action through new and existing events and activities during #iwillWeek. They want organisations to tell them about events that support this, and that can be added to the  #iwillWeek 2016 map.

Project Oracle breakfast seminars series
A series of breakfast seminars that cover topics chosen by members of the Project Oracle community. These come in three-hour morning sessions, with a careful focus on specific aspects of performing evaluation. Each session costs £70.

Evidence Champions taster event
Project Oracle is offering a programme of intensive training and support for funders and commissioners to support them to overcome these challenges, to promote the evidence agenda and to become an Evidence Champion.  The event is free, and takes place on Friday 14th October 2016, 3.30pm-5.00pm at City Hall.

Hate Crime Awareness Week
Faith Matters is hosting a hate crime awareness week in St Paul’s Cathedral. The theme is 'Upstanders and not bystanders'. The week runs from the 8th to the 15th of October 2016. They will also be speaking at our Policy Network next week. 

CLC Staff Development Training 
CLC are running a number of courses targeted at professionals who work with young people who are seeking work but need to enhance their employability skills. 

  • Young People and Employability Skills – 14th October £99
  • Apprenticeships - a career pathway for young people – 17th November 
  • The Internet and Job Hunting – 8th December £49

Call for papers: Pathways from education to work for young people
The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training has highlighted a call for papers for the Journal of industrial relations. The issue examines current theory, evidence and policy related to the notion of ‘employability’.The deadline for submission of papers is the 28th November 2016.

Big Society Capital Town Hall event
Big Society Capital are hosting a Town Hall event on Wednesday, 2nd of November in the City of London. 

Identifying Risk, Building Resilience and Catching Pokémon
Unite is hosting a one day professional development event open to all those working across the children and young people's sector involved with improving the life chances of children and young people. It takes place on Saturday 19th of November, in Eastbourne.

Just for Kids Law launch new advocacy programme – Advocacy Year
Advocacy Year is a graduate trainee programmes that recruits the brightest and the best graduates to support young people in the community. 

Job Advert: Children’s Support Worker (Maternity Cover)
Refuge in Hackney is hiring a Children’s Support Worker. The deadline is 21st of October 2016.

Job Advert: Youth Programme Coordinator
London Football Journeys is hiring a Youth Programme Coordinator. Deadline is Friday 30th September 2016.

Job Advert: Youth Action Delivery Officer
London Youth is looking for a Youth Action Delivery Officer. The deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 11th October 2016.

Job Advert: Case Manager (Youth Offending Service)
Brent Council is employing a case manager. The deadline is Sunday 9th of October.


The On Purpose Associate Programme
On Purpose are running The Associate Programme, which provides experienced in two six month internships with purpose-oriented organisations.  Associates will earn £22,500 a year, while receiving support and training.

Engage London Safeguarding Champions
Engage London is looking for young people aged 16-18 in Bexley to train up to become youth safeguarding champions to help make a change in how young people can be kept safe from harm. They will need to attend two half day workshop sessions, on Saturday 15 October and Saturday 22 October 2016. Contact Tracey Bignall for further information on 020 7428 1884. 

Youth Justice Impact Pioneers cohort
Project Oracle is launching its first ever Youth Justice Cohort as part of the Impact Pioneers programme. The cohort offers free evaluation support to Youth Justice organisations looking to improve their ability to evaluate projects designed to reduce youth reoffending or help young people exit gangs. The launch event takes place Thursday 6th October 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm at City Hall.

Well Grounded barista training programme
Well Grounded are running a free course for 16-24 year olds to provide a path into employment by teaching specialist barista skills and providing traineeships.

Erasmus+ information sessions
Erasmus+ are running a series of information sessions across November on the Erasmus+ programme in the UK. These events will provide an overview of the funding opportunities available under Erasmus+ in 2017, and are primarily intended for newcomers to the programme. 

Information from CLC Building Futures:
Vacancies and Opportunities for young people
Including Pre Apprenticeship/Employability courses across London, live Apprenticeship and Traineeship vacancies, Part time and temporary opportunities and much more.

Employability courses for young people in London
A guide of training in London aiming to help young people develop skills they need to get a job. 

Upcoming events for young people across London


Bright Ideas Fund
The £1.85 million Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will offer around 80 community groups, who work in England, up to 15 days of tailored supported and grants of up to £20,000 to develop their community business ideas. The deadline is the end of November.

People’s Postcode Trust 2016 Grants
People’s Postcode Trust are giving out designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area. The deadline is 30th of September.

Youth Participation Service
Tender from the London Borough of Wandsworth to provide a Youth Participation Service. Deadline for Expression of Interest: 12/10/2016 



No Country for Young Women report
Young Women’s Trust, drawing on findings from a major poll of 4000 18-30 year olds, has revealed a generation of young people despairing and anxious, many of whose lives are on hold because of serious financial, work and housing problems - with young women hit hardest. It found: 
  • 39% of young women said it was a struggle to make their cash last to the end of the month
  • 27% of young women said they are in debt all of the time
  • A quarter of 18-30 year olds had to move back home with their parents because they couldn't afford to live independently
  • 1 in 5 18-30 year olds reported having been paid less than the minimum wage
  • 1 in 12 parents aged 18-30 reported having to use a foodbank to survive
Charities urge more help in tackling pressures facing girls
Girlguiding and YoungMinds has warned, in a new report ‘Girl’s wellbeing explored', girls and young women are "normalising" everyday sexism, harassment and inequality. The qualitative research of 120 girls and young women aged seven to 18 found that 62% of girls aged 11 to 21 know someone their age who has experienced a mental health problem and 47% of young women aged 17 to 21 have personally needed help with their mental health.

Young people let down by poor careers advice
Analysis by apprenticeship matchmaking platform GetMyFirstJob reveals that many end up applying for roles in sectors they had not previously expressed any interest in. Experts have said that this highlights the lack of confidence among many young people when it comes to selecting a career as well as the need for a more effective advice system.
Transitions at 14: Analysing the intake of 14–19 education institutions
IPPR has released a report that considers the characteristics and pupil intakes of these new types of school, and how they fit into the broader education system at 14-19. It found: 
  • They are disproportionately male (68%).
  • They are more likely to have lower attainment at key stage 2 (KS2), and to have ‘underprogressed’ between the ages of 7 and 11.
  • Based on their attainment at KS2, they are predicted to achieve GCSE grades below the national average. T
  • They are likely to travel around three times further to get to school than the national average.
Young people and the formation of attitudes towards the police
The European Journal of Criminology has a study with survey data from more than 1500 young people aged 10–15 years which found a strong and consistent link between the children’s views of the police and that of their parents. A relationship moderated by perceptions of police visibility, experience of victimization and the age of the child.

Serious Youth Violence
Published by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, the report assesses the reasons behind the rise in youth violence in the capital and examines other emerging trends involving young people as both victims and perpetrators of violent crime. It finds a dominant driver for the increase, particularly of knife crime, is the belief among young people that they need to be prepared to defend themselves. This is driven by a misconception of the volume of weapons on the streets, as well as fear fuelled by incidents that occur in their communities. Other findings of the report include:
  • Serious youth violence is not solely a gang issue. Data provided to the Committee shows that gangs are involved in a relatively small amount of serious youth violence: just under five per cent in 2015-16.
  • Almost a quarter of all victims of serious youth violence in the capital—around 1,500—are young women.
  • Under-reporting among young people is a problem and greater awareness of the different ways young people can report anonymously is needed.  

14th September Labour market from Learning and Work Institute
The latest labour market figures for young people are: 
  • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,029,000, down 1,000 on the quarter, representing 14.3% of the youth population (no change on last quarter).
  • Youth unemployment (including students) is 621,000, up 1,000 on the quarter.
Government urged to spread the message on apprenticeship levy
A study by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) showed that two out of five firms either did not understand or did not know about the levy, which comes into force next April. The survey of 1,600 business leaders also found that most believed the new levy felt more like a tax.

Councils 'fail to equip' care leavers to manage their money
The Children’s Society new report, The Cost of Being Care Free report, found Young people leaving the care system are falling into debt and losing benefits due to insufficient financial education and support from councils. It found:

  • There is "significant variation" in the support provided by local authorities in England and "inconsistent" support from personal advisers.
  • It found that out of 111 authorities, 47% do not commission or provide additional financial support for care leavers beyond the advice provided by personal advisers.
  • Just 13% of these councils were found to offer one-to-one advice, while 40% commission or provide one-to-one support and group workshops.
Maintenance matters
Gingerbread have launched ‘Maintenance matters’, a new campaign calling for a fairer charging system and zero-tolerance on non-payment of child maintenance. Currently less than half of single parent families are receiving child maintenance.


Handy Guide to Apprenticeship reform
Pearson has released a guide designed to give a quick overview of Apprenticeship reform in England. It explains the different changes that are currently being implemented or that are due to be introduced throughout 2016, 2017 and beyond.

London Councils - Apprenticeship Levy: Funding Proposals
London Councils have produced a briefing which provides an overview of the proposals, how they will affect London and London Councils’ response to the consultation. 

Tips for using focus groups to research sensitive topics
NSPCC have released a guide for using focus groups to research sensitive topics. It includes tips, and advice on how to get the best data. Analysis also suggests that group dynamics can provide data not generated by other research methods.

Refreshed information for EFA providers about traineeships on GOV.UK. This is ther annual refresh for the 2016 to 2017 academic year. The changes are minor and include emphasis on the importance of progression in English and maths, and provide information on data recording for schools and academies. 

Apprenticeship Toolbox
The aim of the this toolbox is to offer a resource base conducive to policy learning, policy experimentation and practice development by collecting and combining the apprenticeship system key building blocks from the five countries running successful apprenticeship systems. The toolbox provides a structured and searchable overview of key features of the apprenticeship systems and how they are implemented in the five countries and users may access key documents and materials  and find links for further reading and insights for each of the apprenticeship systems, which national stakeholders use in developing, adapting, running and supporting a dynamic apprenticeship system

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