Statement on Full-Time Social Action Review Report

The Independent Government-Commissioned Full-Time Social Action Review has been published this morning.

I’m honoured to have served Her Majesty’s Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, but most importantly, our country’s young people.

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It’s clear that young people need more support in accessing Full-Time Social Action opportunities and as a panel, we consulted with over 180 organisations & individuals.

I’m extremely happy with how many young people and Full-Time Social Action providers took part – they told me that there’s an underestimation of the benefits and they face multiple barriers to Full-Time Social Action opportunities.

The Government can implement short-term action to assist greater social mobility and inclusion. The public sector and statutory services can benefit hugely from grassroots Full-Time Social Action and this feeds into our recommendations.

A ministerial action group with cross-departmental support is crucial, alongside cross-sector collaboration. The private sector needs to do more to support their future employees and chance recruitment practices to recognise the skills young people have developed through social action and the voluntary sector needs to increase awareness of opportunities and refreshed guidance on how to support young people into social action.

Our reccomendations would bring lasting change to both young people and the communities they wish to serve. Social Action over an extended period of time plays a critical role in developing a young persin’s life chances, job prosects, and wellbeing and already benefits the economy hugely.