Youth Service

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:42 am on 23rd November 2010.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Solicitor General 11:42 am, 23rd November 2010

On the point about reaching out to small groups and how it would be better to reach out to larger ones, some of the hardest-to-reach young people in some of the most difficult-to-reach communities need youth work outreach and support on a very small scale. I have seen youth workers in some of the most difficult parts of my constituency just hanging out with children on the streets of an evening, so that the children at least engage in positive dialogue while they hang out. That is the kind of youth outreach work that is in danger when we focus on big projects and on the big national citizen service, rather than on smaller initiatives directed at particular groups of young people.