I spoke in a debate on the sustainability of our youth services in the face of deep cuts. Workers in the sector have shared their concerns with me about the gap in youth services and the link to rises mental health problems and knife crime amongst young people.
As part of the wider debate, I highlighted the way that the cuts to our local authorities over the past nine years has reduced the funding that they can provide for adequate training for youth work qualifications, making it harder to recruit volunteers and workers. Addressing the recruitment problems and building and workforce sustainability must be part of any strategy for youth services. You can watch it below: