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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.
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.
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.
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.
Services for our young people are not a ‘nice-to-have’, they are utterly essential to their mental wellbeing and safety.
With cuts to youth services putting children at risk, Katie Glass visits a charity offering them hope.
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.
Rising knife crime could be linked to budget cuts that have decimated youth services in parts of England, according to a parliamentary report.
A series of freedom of information requests shows the UK capital has lost 104 youth centres as austerity continues to grip councils.
Improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and criminal exploitation.
We need to give desperate young men an alternative to gang culture.
There are 27,000 children aged between 10 and 17 in England who identify as being part of a gang, according to a report by the Children's Commissioner.