Annual General Meeting Presentation: The future for Vulnerable and Poor Children and Young People
Our guest speaker this year was Phil Street OBE, Manager, Young Solutions and a member of regional network Youth Focus WM .
A copy of his presentation can be found here. Current statistics indicate that levels remain relatively high with 3.7million children living in poverty in the UK (2013/14) i.e 28% of children. In a climate where public spending on youth services fell by 12 per cent from £712m in 2013/14 to £627m in 2014/15; children’s centres, young people’s and family support services fell by 24%, from £3 billion in 2010-11 to £2.3 billion in 2014-15, a cut of over £700 million per year, and children’s social care in England was reduced by an average of 24% in 2011–12. Does this mean that reducing the poverty gap and tackling unequal treatment of those most vulnerable children and young people in society is unachievable?
To read more about child poverty go to Child Poverty Action Group.
Birmingham City Council has established Child Poverty Commission to gather evidence of the issues and what works.
National Youth Agency provides valuable data and information on trends, issues and service provision in England
Youth Employment UK is a network of organisations addressing youth unemployment.
Centrepoint has commissioned research on youth homelessness and identifying solutions.
Young Minds has been campaigning for better provision in mental health services for children and young people.
Do you have any examples of projects/initiatives/programmes that are making a difference?
What lessons can we learn from initiatives that have been delivered?
What are the gaps/issues in the West Midlands that you identify through your grant giving?