Staffordshire County Council is to consult on major plans to change the way youth services are delivered in the county.
A report to cabinet on Wednesday 18th December outlines how the council wants to work more effectively with public bodies and voluntary organisations to give young people better information, advice and activities to improve their lives at home, school and work.
The proposals cover services for young people aged 13 to 19 – or 25 years for those with a learning difficulty or disability.
During the summer the council talked to public, private and voluntary organisation with experience of working with young people. It also used previous research it had undertaken with local young people and the results of surveys of young people nationally.
This information showed that there are clear areas where young people needed support. They need targeted support for the most vulnerable and want better information, advice and guidance, access to affordable activities as well as better transport links.
Under the proposals the council is considering moving away from a traditional youth service available to all, to one that supports young people most in need. It will also provide a local offer, with £50,000 available for each of the county’s eight district areas to spend on the right services locally.
Currently, the county council provides a traditional, open-access service; however, four out of five of the 73,315 young people in Staffordshire did not use it in the last year.
Full details of the consultation will be published on the council’s website in the coming weeks.