youth research


Young people have moved to the centre of government policy-making. Government is increasingly seeking to intervene to modify youth behaviour but with varying degrees of success.

Why we are important?

Problems that have not been effectively addressed by successive governments (such as youth crime, antisocial behaviour, obesity, diabetes, alcohol and drug consumption) contribute on an ongoing basis to individual, family and social deprivation. It can take generations to resolve. The costs associated with getting policies wrong are usually formidable.

In health, education, leisure, criminal justice and citizenship, it is clear that the formative periods in young people’s lives fall before they enter the worlds of work. It is essential that children and young people today are motivated to address the challenges they face in life in a constructive and socially beneficial manner.


What we are and what we do:

We provide actionable intelligence on child and youth issues plus opportunities to discuss and debate key issues through Forums, seminars and conferences. The London-based Youth Research Forum is a consortium of leading players in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK concerned about issues affecting youth. It was founded in response to a need recognized in the private and public sectors for relevant and up-to-date research and informed debate on key issues facing young people today.


About the YRF
The Youth Research Forum

The Development of the Moral Compass
09 May 2011

When do young people know right from wrong and understand consequences?

Results of a UK study among children aged 7 to 16.

This was the launch broadcast for a study prepared by the influential Youth Research Forum for The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development.

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Aims of the YRF

The principle purpose of the YRF, a Social Enterprise, is to address local, regional, national and international issues related to young people today.

The YRF will also enable its Members to become substantially better informed about today’s young people and to develop evidence-led initiatives and interventions.

These aims will be achieved through the following activities:

  • Regular Membership events at which all Members will be encouraged to share thinking and best practice with each other plus leading experts who have been invited to address the Forum.
  • Research initiatives to improve the evidence base for policy development.
  • Communications programmes targeted to the wider community of decision-makers and influencers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
>> 2010-12 Business Plan

Lunchtime Seminar hosted by the Youth Research Forum and Policy Review at QEII Conference Centre, Westminster: 09 Sep 2009

Matt Tee Policy Review Video - How Can Government Change Behaviour?

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