Services for young people praised
Archived press release
Date Published: 24/09/08
Services for young people are among the best in the country
Services for young people in Aylesbury Vale have been praised by a leading local government review team.
A ‘peer review’ conducted by the government’s Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) found that Aylesbury Vale District Council’s services for young people had improved significantly in recent years and were now among the best in the country.
The inspection team highlighted that the council takes its responsibilities towards young people seriously and noted the enthusiasm and commitment to the youth agenda shown by councillors, staff and partners.
The assessors were also impressed by the council’s work with partner organisations and its efforts to involve young people in consultation and decision making.
The review was carried out at the council’s invitation to assess whether its services for young people had improved since an inspection by the Audit Commission in 2005. The report published at that time found that the services were fair but had promising prospects for improvement.
AVDC has done a great deal of work to improve its services for young people since the Audit Commission review. Recent successes include:
• Establishing rural and town youth cabinets to give young people an opportunity to discuss issues that effect them
• Developing a more targeted summer holiday programme to ensure young people have positive activities to get involved in
• Supporting the development of youth cafes across the district
• Creating web pages for young people on the council’s website
Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “I am very proud of the quality of services provided to our young people and the role played by the council and its partners in delivering those services. This review is an outstanding endorsement of all the hard work and demonstrates our commitment to improving life chances for our young people, making sure that they have the support and help to achieve their aspirations. We will learn from the positives in this report and the areas where we know we can do more so that we use it to help us meet the needs of everyone growing up in Aylesbury Vale.”
For more information about what the council is doing for young people in Aylesbury Vale, call 01296 585224.