Abstracts: February 20th, 2006

The report from the Prince’s Trust claims that disadvantaged youngsters are being poorly served because local authorities and voluntary organisations are not working together effectively. It is based on a survey of chiefs of children’s and youth services in English local authorities asking about their relationships with the voluntary sector.The Prince’s Trust delivers support for disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 and 30 – in particular those who have not achieved at school; those who have offended, are in prison or on probation; those in and leaving care; and those who are unemployed.

The report says that partnership working between local authorities and the charity youth sector should be improved so that young people are offered a better service. It argues that the challenge is to ensure that partnerships add real value, and lead to service improvements. It describes how partnerships can achieve this by identifying the benefits of partnership-working in the youth service sector and providing real case studies of how partnership-working in The Prince’s Trust has delivered those benefits. It also identifies some of the external barriers and suggests how they might be tackled.

The report is available at: