Youth workers in schools

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

How many youth workers are based in schools across London, and do you have any plans to increase this number?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Youth workers provide crucial support to young Londoners in community and school settings. However, there is no single data source collating the number of them in London schools.

Through my £45m Young Londoners Fund, some projects are delivering activities that offer youth work in schools, for example, Poplar HARCA’s Get Involved Project, provided youth workers to support young people in Langdon Park School in Tower Hamlets. My Violence Reduction Unit is also funding programmes that provide youth worker support in schools, such as the pan-London Pupil Referral Unit Mentoring Programme.[DH1]

In March 2022, I funded 18 new mentoring projects as part of the New Deal for Young People mission. Some funded organisations will focus on providing youth workers as mentors in schools, for example, Reaching Higher in Croydon.