To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has undertaken of (a) how far youth activities meet the demands of people and (b) the impact on the provision of youth activities on preventing involvement in antisocial behaviour.
The Youth Matters green paper (2005) set out a range of proposals for youth activities and support. The subsequent consultation drew a strong and positive response—including from over 19,000 young people.
The Education and Inspection Act 2006 introduced a new duty on local authorities to secure young people's access to positive activities. The duty also requires local authorities to consult young people about local positive activities, including the need for new provision and any access issues, and to take these views into account.
Activities for young people are one of the key elements of the Respect Action plan for tackling antisocial behaviour. Such youth activities contribute to the prevention of a range of negative outcomes, including involvement in antisocial behaviour. For example, the evaluation of the Positive Activities for Young People programme (PAYP) found that the programme had achieved a range of positive outcomes for participating young people, including contributing to reductions in criminal and antisocial behaviour, supporting people back into education, and offering opportunities for personal development.