Decision details

Achieving Excellence for Young People

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report outlines the findings of the recent engagement exercise and outlines the proposed future Youth Offer and associated commissioning options.   Following approval by Cabinet a formal three month consultation exercise will commence.


Robert Marshall

Mark Sutton

The lives and aspirations of young people in Staffordshire have changed out of all recognition in recent times. They are demanding that we change and adapt the way we help them to shape the lives they want, get the most out of school and find a good job.


We need to make sure we are getting real value for money for every pound of public money we spend for young people in Staffordshire, while continuing to support and advise those individuals who really need our help.”


Robbie Marshall, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing


Four out of every five young people in Staffordshire never use a county council funded youth facility or take part in an activity we pay for. We need to make sure they get more out of what they enjoy already and have what they need to move successfully from school into work and into the good life they want.


For us that means looking at new ways of working, better working with partners, and recognising that other organisations, for instance in the voluntary or community sector, are better placed and more able to do the things that young people need.


To young people our message is simple: we have listened and we are taking action. And where you need some help, we will be there for you.”


Mark Sutton, Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Community Safety



Reasons for the Decision – To consider a proposal for a new approach for Staffordshire County Council to achieving excellence for young people which represents a significant departure from the traditional model of investment and is in line with the County Council’s commissioning principles for a connected Staffordshire.


Alternative Options Considered – None


Decision – (a) That the content of the report and the proposed new approach to commissioning for excellence for young people be endorsed


(b) That a seven week public consultation be agreed in relation to the proposals which represent a significant change to the Council’s traditional approach to youth provision.


(c) That a further report be brought back to Cabinet in setting out a detailed appraisal of the proposal and the findings of both the public consultation and in-depth Community Impact Assessment (CIA).

Report author: Maria Kidd

Publication date: 19/12/2013

Date of decision: 18/12/2013

Decided at meeting: 18/12/2013 - Cabinet

Effective from: 25/12/2013

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