Government Policy: How Positive for Youth?

  • Bernard DaviesEmail author


The Coalition government’s overall ‘hands-off’ approach to local authority policy-making. Youth policies’ low priority within the DfE under Michael Gove; the transfer of responsibility for them to other government departments. Within the dominant ideological and economic boundaries of the period, the development and aims of the 2011 Positive for Youth paper and the 2013 ‘Progress Paper’. The paper’s view of open access and targeted provision; its redefinition of youth work: as any form of work with young people where ‘youth work values’ and ‘approaches’ are being applied; and as largely an ancillary contributor to programmes offered by targeted services. The Coalition government’s attempts to strengthen the legislative base of local authority Youth Services.

Further Reading

  1. Buckland, L. 2013. ‘Positive for Youth: A Critique’. The Encyclopaedia of Informal Education.
  2. Davies, Bernard. 2011. ‘Thinking Space: What’s Positive for Youth?’ Youth and Policy. No. 107. November, pp. 99–103.Google Scholar
  3. Davies, Bernard. 2013. ‘Youth Work in a Changing Policy Landscape: The View from England’. Youth and Policy. No. 110. May, pp. 6–32.Google Scholar
  4. HM Government. 2011. Positive for Youth: A New Approach to Cross-Government Policy for Young People Aged 13 to 19.Google Scholar
  5. HM Government. 2013. Positive for Youth: Progress Since December 2011. July.Google Scholar
  6. McNeil, Bethia, et al. 2012. A Framework of Outcomes for Young People. Young Foundation.Google Scholar
  7. Tiffany, Graeme. 2011. ‘Positive for Youth: Thoughts from a Detached Youth Work Point of View’. January.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WarkwickshireUK

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