Youth work plays a vital role in young people’s social development and building their confidence and self-esteem. In March 2023, the Government pledged over £90 million to build and renovate facilities as part of the Youth Investment Fund. Although this increase in funding is a step in the right direction, there is still much work to be done to ensure young people across the country have proper access to support and services. Through sharing best practice, those working to transform youth services can build upon their existing successes and develop new strategies to keep children out of the youth justice system, ensure services reflect the users’ needs, and promote better outcomes for children young people.

  • Over 4.4 million young people regularly engaged with youth services in the past year, according to a 2022 report from UK Youth Work
  • Organisations are nearly twice as likely to operate in the most deprived postcode areas compared to the least deprived areas, shows the 2023 National Youth Centre Census
  • In a 2022 survey conducted by the Centre for Youth Impact, 77% of respondents stated they involved young people in their work

Join us at The Youth Services Conference 2024: Delivering High-Quality Support to Young People to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts and practitioners working at the forefront of driving improvements in youth services. Engage with a series of best practice case studies showcasing practical tips on engaging with young people, providing wrap-around support for LGBTQ+ youth, and key insights into safeguarding vulnerable children. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the public and voluntary sectors to discuss the challenges you face in working in partnership to deliver youth services.

Why Attend:
 Hear high-level keynotes on the latest guidance and funding for youth services across the country
 Gain practical insights into creating safe spaces, signposting age-appropriate resources and support, and developing effective safeguarding frameworks
 Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies for improving accessibility and inclusion in services
 Gain 4 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Eliz McArdle, Lecturer in Community Youth Work, Ulster University (invited)

  • Keynote: Investing in Tomorrow: Transforming Youth Services

    • Insights on the latest guidance and funding for youth services across the country
    • Strategies for ensuring youth in deprived areas have access to sports, arts, and opportunities
    • Creating pathways to engage with youths through after-school programmes and community-based facilities
    • Guidance on creating spaces and services that support the wellbeing and empowerment of local young people

    Fiona Stone, Head of Youth Strategy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (invited)

  • Keynote: Developing Effective Diversionary Services to Keep Children Out of the Youth Justice System

    • Working with local agencies and communities to identify and support children most at risk of becoming involved in violence
    • Strategies for measuring and evaluating outcomes of diversion services to better identify areas needing improvement
    • Key tips for ensuring effective communication and data sharing between agencies
    • Guidance on taking steps to tackle overrepresentation to ensure equitable outcomes for children of all backgrounds

    Peter Henderson, Head of Toolkit, Youth Endowment Fund (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Putting Young People at the Heart of Service Transformation

    • Taking a partnership and community-based approach to support the emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing of local children
    • Developing and implementing engagement activities to directly involve young people in service planning and transformation
    • Empowering children and young people through co-designed and co-produced youth services
    • Prioritising diversity and inclusion in services to ensure that every child can develop new skills and fulfil their potential

    Paul Perkins, Community Hubs Programme Lead, Westminster City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Comfort Break 

  • Breakout Networking: Working in Partnership to Develop Accessible and Inclusive Youth Services

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in taking a multi-agency approach to creating effective local youth services. We encourage you to share how you are currently working in partnership to ensure your services meet the local community’s needs. Take this time to share your experiences and network with senior colleagues.

  • Case Study: Implementing Robust Safeguarding Practices to Protect Vulnerable Youths

    • Insights from Yellow Card: outlining a clear set of standards to which all adults in the organisation must adhere
    • Strategies for handling specialist areas of safeguarding such as mental wellbeing, radicalisation, and transitioning
    • Recommendations for building trusting relationships and establishing effective communication pathways with service users
    • Practical tips for embedding safeguarding into organisational culture to create a safe working environment for all

    Simon Davies, Head of Safeguarding, The Scouts Association (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ+ Youths

    • Putting equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of youth services to combat loneliness and isolation among minority groups
    • Equipping young people with the understanding and skills they need to build confidence and self-esteem
    • Developing and delivering awareness training to local youths and professionals to promote learning and inclusion within the wider community
    • Key tips on signposting service users to additional age-appropriate resources and support

    Carlie Torlop, Youth & Community Manager, YMCA Swansea (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Developing Wrap-Around Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People

    • Taking a multi-agency approach to developing holistic, age-appropriate health and wellbeing services
    • Supporting individuals with their emotional wellbeing and mental health on their terms outside of traditional settings
    • Guidance of creating a natural, safe space for service users to discuss challenging times and hardships
    • Practical tips for engaging and supporting young people experiencing substance use issues

    Service Manager, Catch22  (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will have an interest in youth work.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

✓ Network with key decision makers from across the NHS
✓ Meet your target audience in the sector
✓ Listen and Learn from leading industry experts from across the sector
✓ Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
✓ Speak alongside industry leading experts
✓ Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email Sponsorship@GovernmentEvents.co.uk 

  • Public Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £260 +VAT+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £260 +VAT+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £425 +VAT+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ new uploads each month