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Policy and Influencing

Our policy, influencing and lobbying work includes submitting evidence to parliamentary inquiries, campaigning for change on local and national legislation and writing and sharing research and briefings about specific issues.

NYAS aim to influence the Government’s law and policies, in Westminster, the Welsh Assembly and at a local council level so that they are improved for children and young people in care.

Our policy recommendations are backed by sound research and include the views of the children and young people we work with. We provide key recommendations to government proposals and provide policy solutions.

April 2019: NYAS have responded to an inquiry held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults. The topic of the inquiry was children who go missing from ‘out of area’ care placements, which includes residential children’s homes.

Drawing on the data we hold from our ‘Return Interview’ services across the country, NYAS’ evidenced the scale and nature of some of the issues facing care-experienced young people who go missing, and our report can be found here.

We are working with the Parliamentary Group to empower children and young people to have a direct input into their inquiry. This is in keeping with our key recommendation that the child’s wishes and feelings must be taken into account in decisions made about their placement and their lives. Read full report here.

March 2019 : The UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee invited written submissions to their inquiry into the mental health of men and boys. NYAS’ response was accepted and published by the Committee, read and download the full report.

NYAS is working with the Committee to ensure their final report also reflects the voices of the men and boys we work with who are facing mental health issues. Our submission also includes five key recommendations to the Committee that relate to education, criminal justice, transitioning to adult services and the right to advocacy.