Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Your Views Wanted On Future of West Sussex Youth Services

A public consultation has been launched into important changes being proposed to County Council services for young people, their families and communities in West Sussex.

The changes to the Youth Support & Development Services (YSDS) continue the work already underway to focus resources on targeted services for the most vulnerable young people. This includes those at risk of offending or re-offending and those not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

They are set against a background of changes to the law where responsibility for giving careers advice and guidance changes from the County Council to schools and colleges.

A review of youth services has so far saved £2m. Now a further £2m must be saved over the next three years, as part of the county council’s commitment to reduce spending by £79m.

With the reduction in money the Council has to change what services it can provide to young people. We hope to encourage communities, other organisations’ and young people themselves to get involved with youth projects.  

The consultation, running until October 14 invites comment on a number of issues including the proposal to maintain County Council run youth centres only in those communities that are identified as being in greatest need.

The detailed youth services plan can be seen online at  

“We need to consider new and imaginative ways to provide services,” said Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families. “A number of youth activities have already been taken over by the voluntary sector and local community groups. We are keen to find out what more can be done to support this Big Society agenda. “

Although anyone can respond to the public consultation, the Service would particularly like to hear from:

·          The voluntary sector
·          Schools and Colleges
·          Young people
·          Minority groups
·          Staff

Paper copies of the Consultation can be obtained by telephoning 01243 777775 or writing to: Carl Burton, Oriel Lodge, 25 West Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RZ. Or you can print a copy of the Consultation and return it by post to this address.