The aim of the Youth Voice contract between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the British Youth Council is to provide a range of youth participation services to young people in England so that they can influence public decision-making at a local and national level. In addition, there is a focus on increasing recognition and positive reporting of young people's achievements in these areas.
The initiative also includes a specific stream of work to support the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) as part of a range of democratic representation structures, which also includes Local Youth Councils, Forums and Cabinets, and the Young Mayors Network.
The contract started initially under the Government's Positive for Youth Initiative in October 2011. Our current contract with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will run until at least March 2020. The contract has previously been managed by the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education.