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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.

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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Better policing alone will not eradicate knife crime

Published: 15th March 2019 Financial Times

We need to give desperate young men an alternative to gang culture.

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Gangs: 27,000 children in England say they are members – report

Published: 28th February 2019 BBC News

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.

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New research estimates up to 50% fall in spend on youth provision

Published: 26th February 2019 The Guardian

England’s child protection and support services are in financial crisis, with the heaviest cuts burden falling disproportionately on the north of the country.

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Feeble drug policy fuels war on our streets

Published: 15th January 2019 The Times

A new approach is needed to help children escape from a world of drug-running, gang coercion and premature death.

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