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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 >> People, Structure & Administration
People, Structure & Administration

The Youth Research Forum is a Social Enterprise not-for-profit organisation, established as a company limited by guarantee. The YRF Council and Operations Board are chaired by Glen Smith, a noted expert in child/youth research. The structure is:

The Advisory Board includes representatives from: Queens University, Belfast, School of Law (Governance)

The Cabinet Office
The Home Office
The Department for Children
The Department of Culture, Media & Sport
The Department of Health
Communities and Local Government
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Crime Reduction
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales
The Children's Commissioner for England
The Metropolitan Police
The Youth Justice Board
University College London, Psychology Dept.
Neil Stewart Associates
Policy Review Interactive and TV
Birkbeck College, University of London
Institute of Education, University of London

Youth United inc:

Sea, Army, Air & Combined Forces of Cadets
Volunteer Police Cadets
Boys & Girls Brigades
Girl Guiding & Scout Association
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
HM Coastguard
Fire & Rescue Service
Mountain Rescue Service England & Wales
RNLI (Future Crew)
St. John Ambulance
The Prince’s Trust

The British Council

The British Council UK
The British Council USA
The British Council SPAIN
The British Council TAIWAN
The British Council TURKEY
The British Council VENEZUELA
The British Council BRAZIL
The British Council MEXICO
The British Council MOROCCO
The British Council JORDAN
The British Council SYRIA
The British Council EGYPT (Colin Firth)
Global Angels (Molly Bedingfield)
Helvetia Wealth
The Office of the Mayor of London
Youth Organisations in Uniform
Aussie Rules Football
Agent-General Victoria, Australia
Sir Ian Botham, Sports Ambassador
Col. Hugh Purcell OBE DL
Colin Adams OBE
Danny Lafayett, Civil Servant of the Year, Home Office
Research Now plc
Beat Bullying UK
Sharon Cooper Youth Mentor
Zimbabwe Women's Network

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