The research was conducted over a 12-month period between May 2021 and April 2022. The State of the Region’s Youth Work Sector report is the first of its kind between the University of Hull and the YWU, supported by the Universities of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, York St John, and Sheffield Hallam
A region of contrasts, the Yorkshire and Humber region is made up of urban, rural, and coastal areas with high levels of deprivation as well as affluence. The report aimed to explore youth service provision across this complex environment – which encompasses 15 local authority areas – to assess the impact of a decade of austerity and the pandemic upon youth services and young people in the area.
Local authorities have a statutory duty to provide youth services, but there is a lack of clarity on what that should include. Although there is a lot of data available about young people, youth work and services, there are issues around gaps, accessibility and quality. This makes it difficult to identify trends, inform planning and advocate for resources.
The report provides a comprehensive overview of existing research, reports and data, as well as qualitative insight into the perspectives of young people on the issues that are important to them – and calls for a longer-term plan for peer research to be included as an integral part of a regional youth work strategy.