Children and Young People

This is a network group to discuss the children and young people sector in London

The Children & Young People Network Group (chaired by Gemma Juma, Jack Petchey Foundation) was established in response to growing concerns from its membership about the way that the funding landscape for children and young people services across London is changing. In particular reductions in public sector funding appears to be having a significant impact on the provision of services across London.

The group provides a forum for funders in London, and other key stakeholders, to:

  • Assess the current landscape of funding for children and young people’s services across London, and how this has changed and is likely to change in the immediate future;
  • Identify areas of concern to funders and to those they fund arising from this changing funding landscape;
  • Highlight and showcase examples of innovation in funding and commissioning practice that is seeking to tackle these concerns;
  • Facilitate collaboration and partnerships across funders, and between funders and other stakeholders;
  • Consider the strategic funding needs of children and young people’s services in London, and seek to create a consensus within London for a more strategic response to those funding needs;
  • Explore in detail specific issues and initiatives.

Members of this group joined together to complete a discussion document on the challenges facing children and young people's services in London.

Membership of the group will open to any member of London Funders who funds in this space, and by invitation to other key partners and stakeholders. The group is shared by Sara Masters (Programme Manager, the Mercers Company)