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Youth Unemployment and Civil Society under devolution: a sub-state comparison

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What’s on offer?

In this online panel discussion we will bring together academics working on the involvement of civil society organisations in youth unemployment policy and provision across the four devolved nations of the UK with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) representatives, actively involved in implementing and coordinating youth unemployment programmes and initiatives.

What’s it about?

We will outline the theoretical overview on policy and civil society approaches to tackling youth unemployment across the four devolved nations from an academic perspective. We will then explore projects, practices and policies of youth unemployment in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the CSOs perspective, taking advantage of this opportunity to compare policy divergences on civil society activity in youth unemployment in the context of devolution. A Q&A Session will tell us what works and what doesn't work in policy and practice in the four devolved nations and how each have put in place provisions to minimizing the negative impacts of Brexit and COVID-19. In closing we will discuss how the findings challenge the notion of ‘one UK welfare state', when in fact devolution in the four nations of the UK mean that this is not the case.

Who’s leading the event?

This event is chaired by Dr Giada Lagana, Cardiff University. Dr Lagana is joined by Professor Simone Baglioni (Università degli Studi di Parma), Prof. Ann-Marie Gray (University of Ulster) and CSOs Coordinators: Wales Paul Glaze (Chief Executive of Council for Wales Voluntary Youth Services), Scotland David Coyne (Senior Policy Adviser at Skills Development Scotland), England Ms Dilys Winterkorn (Youth Futures Foundation) and Northern Ireland Claire Conlon (Chief Executive Officer at YouthAction Northern Ireland)

Open to

Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Of particular interest to

Charities NGOs National Government Parliament Local Government Public sector Teachers University students Families