youth research


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.


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.


About the YRF >> Purpose
The principle purpose of the YRF 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 which benefit children and young people and contain the potential to change policy at local, regional and national levels.

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.


The YRF currently has 56 Members (plus three Memberships pending) and plans to expand this number to 25% by the end of 2010 and to double it by the end of 2012.
The YRF has established a Public Relations Team including 8 Youth Ambassadors*.
The YRF Membership includes two leading research companies with global expertise and reach relating to research with young people.

The general Membership includes:

  • Government departments and quangos
  • The Shadow Minister for Crime Reduction
  • Two leading experts in Lifelong learning
  • The Civil Servant of the Year
  • An award winning Charity
  • Individual members with Royal distinctions
  • The brand leader for public conferences
  • Policy Review Intelligence
  • The Children’s Commissioner for Wales
  • The second most productive psychologist on the planet
  • One Patron
  • Ambassadors who actively promote the Forum.
*Ambassador roles include:
  • Disseminating the Forums work to decision makers
  • Contributing to the development of research briefs
  • Making a difference to other young people
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Public speaking

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