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Supporting Evidence

Opportunities in life should not be based on a postcode lottery, but available to all young people, regardless of background and ability.  Young people today face an unprecedented range of daily challenges which are often reported in the media and press.  All of which, further support our drive to provide every young people across the country, with a safe and inspiring place to spend their leisure time, with access to employability, health and sporting initiatives which make a huge contribution to their emotional and physical wellbeing.

Youth club closures: Drug and crime fears for vulnerable teens

Published: 22nd December 2019 BBC

Teenagers could be left vulnerable to drugs and crime if more youth clubs close in Wales, sector workers fear.

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Youth clubs: How children in London are coping with knife crime

Published: 17th October 2019 BBC Newsround

Children have told Newsround how important youth centres are to their lives. But a group of MPs say cuts to youth services across England could be linked to a rise in knife crime.

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Youth services ‘decimated by 69 per cent’ in less than a decade amid surge in knife crime, figures show

Published: 25th September 2019 The Independant

Spending on youth services in England has been decimated by 69 per cent in a decade and is set to reach its lowest point in a generation next year, new figures show.

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Tackle knife crime by investing in children, not locking them up

Published: 23rd September 2019 The Times

We absolutely need more police on our streets but that alone is not enough. It needs to be matched with world-class investment in our young people, putting them on a positive path while helping to tackle many other societal issues.

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Youth services are in a state of emergency. Here’s how to fix them

Published: 11th September 2019 The New Statesman

Services for our young people are not a ‘nice-to-have’, they are utterly essential to their mental wellbeing and safety.

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Inside Youth Zones, the visionary scheme reinventing youth clubs in the modern era

Published: 1st September 2019 The Times

With cuts to youth services putting children at risk, Katie Glass visits a charity offering them hope.

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Action on rise in youth violence completely inadequate, say MPs

Published: 31st July 2019 The Guardian

Serious youth violence is a social emergency and the government needs to get a grip on the problem or more teenagers will die, MPs have said.

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Knife crime rise ‘linked to youth service cuts’, parliamentary report finds

Published: 8th May 2019 The Independant

Rising knife crime could be linked to budget cuts that have decimated youth services in parts of England, according to a parliamentary report.

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Number of London youth clubs nearly halved since 2011 riots, report finds

Published: 22nd March 2019 The Guardian

A series of freedom of information requests shows the UK capital has lost 104 youth centres as austerity continues to grip councils.

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Keeping kids safe

Published: 18th March 2019 Children's Commissioner

Improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and criminal exploitation.

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