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Youth Service Priorities

Birmingham Youth Service has developed its planning process and priorities in line with national and local priorities. It has identified four key outcomes around which its priorities have been set; three city priorities along with ‘universalism’, which reflects the city’s commitment to a balance of open access and targeted youth work.

Reducing Health Inequalities

  • Delivering a broad range of healthy activities and providing health information, advice and guidance
  • Increasing confidence levels and self esteem amongst young people
  • Improving physical health through sports and recreational opportunities
  • Reducing the level of teenage pregnancies, improving sexual health knowledge and working with young parents
  • Providing culturally appropriate sexual health information
  • Delivering culturally sensitive mental health, family and relationships support
  • Delivering drug and alcohol education and information programmes / projects / activities

Protecting Children from Significant Harm

  • Providing safe environments and relevant personal safety skills and information
  • Increasing self esteem and confidence, and building resilience amongst young people.
  • Developing communication skills
  • Actively challenging discrimination and bullying
  • Improving community safety, reducing crime, and the fear of crime
  • Reducing gang violence and criminal activity
  • Developing an effective range of Youth Work interventions that will reduce violent behaviour
  • Targeting programmes/projects/activities with looked after children and other vulnerable groups
  • Providing information, support and guidance on leaving home and homelessness
  • Developing safeguarding systems and practice, including a confidentiality policy
  • Presenting positive images of young people

Improving Engagement in Learning and Achievement in Education

  • Developing and recognising skills and abilities
  • Creating opportunities for achievement and recognising success
  • Working with young people to re-engage them with education
  • Increasing confidence levels and self esteem amongst young people
  • Providing information, advice and guidance
  • Developing young leaders
  • Developing ways of working with new arrivals in the 13 to19 age group
  • Working with young parents and parents to be


  • Developing Citizenship skills, responsibility, and an effective framework for participation
  • Undertaking specific consultation and decision making work
  • Developing political awareness
  • Developing the skills of young volunteers and broadens the range of volunteering opportunities
  • Developing young leaders and providing opportunities for young people to develop entrepreneurial skills
  • Supporting young people to develop relationships with people from different backgrounds, ages and circumstances
  • Delivering programmes/ projects/activities that explore the diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances
  • Developing specific interventions in order to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-sexual young people
  • Developing specific interventions in order to meet the needs of young people with disabilities