A report said that youth services in the United Kingdom had lost at least ï¿½60 million of funding between 2012 and 2014, with around 350 youth centres closed as a result of the cuts. The report called for a stronger statutory base for youth services, to be run in-house by local authorities.
Source: The UK's Youth Services: How cuts are removing opportunities for young people and damaging their lives, Unison
An article examined the changing role and status of professional youth work under conditions of austerity in England. It said that youth work had been subjected to a range of managerialist practices and policy change that had further weakened its position as a profession in the 'welfare division of labour'.
Source: Simon Bradford and Fin Cullen, 'Positive for youth work? Contested terrains of professional youth work in austerity England', International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, Volume 19 Issue 1
A report examined the evidence on youth work across the European Union. It said that there was a diversity in youth work practice, actors involved, observable trends in the sector, features of successful youth work, and the range of outcomes associated with that success. The report noted a lack of historic data and robust evaluation that made it difficult to demonstrate effectiveness, but said that available evidence illustrated that youth work practice could bring a range of positive outcomes for young people and wider society. A further report was published alongside this, providing case studies from across Europe.
Source: Working with Young People: The value of youth work in the European Union, European Commission