Influencing policy - serving young people well
One of NCVYS's key aims is to inform and influence policy that impacts on young people and the voluntary sector at a local, regional and national level.
NCVYS does this by providing policy information and analysis for its members on issues that affect young people and the organisations that work with them. It also works with its members to formulate policy positions on behalf of the voluntary and community youth sector, either proactively or in response to government consultations.
The current work areas include:
Education, employment and training
Volunteering and positive activities
Safeguarding and child protection
See the policy topics section for a full list of policy areas covered, to access briefing papers, consultation responses and position statements. See the resources page for case studies and research by NCVYS members which provide evidence of the impact and value of youth work and voluntary and community youth organisations.
The NCVYS team also runs various events and seminars on current policy issues.
NCVYS has been named as one of the Department of Health's 21 strategic partners that together form the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme for 2013/14. We have been appointed to lead the Young People's Health Partnership, a seven-strong consortium of youth organisations and networks. Other partners in the consortium include Addaction, the Association for Young People's Health (AYPH), Brook, CLIC Sargent, Street Games and Youth Access. Together we have strong networks and links to front line professionals and young people as service users right across England.
4Children and the National Children's Bureau have formed a new partnership - The Children's Partnership - which has been announced as the Department for Education's Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector strategic partner for the next two years. The Partnership will work with a consortium of organisations including Barnardo's, Family and Childcare Trust, NCVYS, NAVCA, NCVO and NSPCC.
NCVYS is part of the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs.
NCVYS has produced a Parliamentary Guide to help members understand Parliamentary processes and opportunities to engage and influence policymaking.
NCVYS published a Government Ministers briefing in September 2012.
Financial Monitoring Service
The NCVYS policy team produces a Financial Monitoring Service in response to ongoing information emerging around government spending and cuts.
From 2011-13 Catalyst was a consortium of four organisations which worked with the Department for Education's (DfE) as the strategic partner for young people, as part of the Department's wider transition programme for the sector.
From 2011-13 NCVYS was a partner in the Department for Education (DfE)'s overarching strategic partnership. The 2011-13 Safer Future Communities project aimed to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors to engage with the elected Police and Crime Commissioners.
NCVYS is represented on many influential groups. Key groups include:
NCVYS supports a number of campaigns.