Children, Young People & Families

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The VCS offer a range of services to children, young people and families (CYP&F). This section brings together news, best practice and resources on this CYP&F.

Young people and homeless

Published by Homeless Link, No Excuses explores the causes of homelessness amongst 16 and 17 year olds, its long-term impact on young adults and whether they are being effectively looked after and safeguarded by local authorities.

European youth unemployment

EU leaders at the European Council meeting on 27-28 June in Brussels have endorsed a comprehensive plan to combat youth unemployment.

Postgraduate study

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Higher Education Funding Council for England have announced that are providing up to £125million of extra funding to students from disadvantaged backgrounds into postgraduate study.

NEETs survey

A survey of more than 1,000 young people by UCU and ComRes has found that young unemployed people feel marginalised, pessimistic and lacking in control over their own lives.


The government has announced that more than 100 employers across the country have committed to being part of the traineeships programme.

Latest education and unemployment statistics

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published Education at a Glance.

Get Set to Make a Change

The Get Set to Make a Change website is now live.

Electoral registration campaign

Chloe Smith, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, has launched a campaign to get as many people as possible on the electoral register.

Are children and young people getting the opportunities they want?

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children has published Are Children and Young People Getting the Opportunities they Want?

Youth Contract

Local authorities have called on the government to give them control of the Youth Contract after figures showed it was struggling to help the most vulnerable.


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