Sheffield City Council’s cabinet is set to agree a new strategy, Investing in Young People, which will include an extra £2 million more investment.
The strategy will bring services that support young people into one integrated model delivered by the council to meet the changing needs of Sheffield’s young people.
The last 10 years of austerity has seen national Government cuts disinvesting in young people in particular and has had an impact on their future prospects. The new plan puts forward a new approach to deliver services reflecting this changing environment over recent years.
The paper sets out proposals to achieve this and makes recommendations for a new approach. This includes:
- Investing an additional £2m in 2020-21 and we have committed to finding a further £4m over the following two years, in addition to the £3m already invested annually
- Ensuring there are trusted adults or mentors and/or youth workers to provide consistent professional guidance, advice and wraparound support
- Connecting support across a wide range of provision depending on the needs of young people
- Focusing resources on the specific needs of teenagers (age 13+) supporting their journey into positive young adulthood and for the rest of their lives
- Embedding provision that is designed with young people themselves
- Developing a city-wide approach with partners, key stakeholders including young people themselves, and VCF and statutory partners like the NHS and the Police
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Young people are the future of Sheffield and this investment highlights our commitment to helping all young people grow into confident, resilient, happy and safe young adults living long and fulfilling lives.
“It remains the case that whilst some of our young people enjoy the best opportunities and school results in the country, far too many are still coming out of school without a pass grade in maths and English, school exclusions are too high, mental and emotional health is a growing challenge and there are still too many young people not in education, employment or training. This means that whilst some people are growing up in our city in some of the most affluent parts of the country, others are growing up facing more challenges and we must do more to support them.
“We must offer hope to our young people and their families. This means prioritising and investing in our people, and giving people the skills they need to handle whatever life throws at them, and also provides hope and optimism for their futures.
“However, this is not just about educational attainment, it is the wider set of skills- the more social and emotional ‘soft’ skills that are essential in coping with the challenges you face throughout your life.
“The additional £2million will help us to meet these challenges.”
The strategy follows extensive consultation with young people, youth workers, and local charities and partners.
Julie Dore continued: “After talking to young people we want to make sure that our services work for them. To do this we will join up our services and bring them into one integrated model so that the needs of young people are at the heart of our efforts. After all, they are our future.”
The strategy is set to be agreed at the cabinet meeting on 18 March. The report is available on the council’s website.