It’s #YouthWorkWeek so we’re taking a look at the impact our youth work has on young people across the North of England. We are very serious about youth work, the science of enabling young people to believe in themselves and to prepare for life. Educators, policy makers and employers all have crucial roles to play here.
Youth work focuses on working holistically with young people. It’s about building resilience and character and giving young people the life skills (often totally misleadingly described as “soft”) they need to live, learn, work and interact successfully with other people (see our definitions of youth work).

The National Youth Agency is the national body for this important, under-recognised discipline. We have taken the lead in championing it for fifty years. But as the choices and challenges facing young people get more demanding and the public funding to support them diminishes, our mission gets more urgent every day.