WHY DO WE EXIST?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.
The YRF is important because it delivers focused solutions to problems affecting young people today, building on the infrastructure already laid down and creating appropriate infrastructures when these do not adequately exist.