Making young minds matter

In Making Young Minds Matter: reshaping support services for young people in the new Parliament, ResPublica argues that the politics of social solidarity currently advanced in their different ways by both Government and Opposition demands a renewed political focus on the needs of young people facing disadvantage, providing them with the right support to enable them to become active and valued contributors to society. Yet we also believe Government must go further, and prioritise designing and providing support systems for young people and families which can prevent such disadvantage arising in the first place wherever possible, if it is to truly tackle social injustice.

This report proposes three themes to underpin the support offered to young people and their families in this Parliament and beyond: an emphasis on early intervention; a new relationship between local authorities and the voluntary sector which positions service providers as equal partners in service design and delivery; and a crucial role for young people in proactively shaping the support they receive. It focuses particularly on the situation of looked-after children, and young people’s mental and emotional health and wellbeing, and offers suggestions as to how these themes might be put into practice in these policy areas.

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