To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 71 of the Civil Society Strategy published in August 2018, when his Department will convene a cross-government group to work with civil society to establish the principles of effective engagement in the policymaking process, learning from the examples of good practice that already exist.
The Civil Society Strategy is long term, setting out our vision for government’s work with and for civil society over the next 10 years and beyond. Our resources are currently focused on other priorities from the Civil Society Strategy and on preparing for EU exit. This is an important recommendation in the Strategy and one that we would hope to turn our attention to later this year.
DCMS is already leading the way in enabling effective youth participation in national policy making and the department is pioneering approaches which can be adopted across government. These include a Civil Society Youth Steering Group to oversee the development and implementation of policies affecting young people in the Civil Society Strategy; a national Young Commissioners and Inspectors Group to involve young people directly and meaningfully in the commissioning, monitoring and evaluation of national programmes affecting young people; exploring a new digital solution to enable large numbers of young people to play a role in consultations and programme design across the government. DCMS expects to announce the partnership of organisations which will be leading delivery of these commitments shortly.