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EXCLUSIVE: Fears for Vulnerable Children As York Youth Workers Cut


6:01am 16th June 2014
(Updated 1:20pm 18th June 2014)

There are fears for some of York's most vulnerable children after cuts in the number of youth support workers employed by York Council.

In February, the authority cut £1.39 million from the Children's Services, Education and Skills department in it's rolling two year budget. Minster FM has exclusively been told by the trade union Unison that this has led to the number of youth support workers being cut from more than twenty to just seven.

Minster FM has been contacted by concerned local people who claim the redundancies, which are believed to have taken effect from 1st June, have led to the closure of the Bishopthorpe Youth Club. Chapelfields Youth Club, which is based at Sanderson House, will continue to be run by a local community group with the support of the council.

Unions tell us the workers who have been made redundant worked with children in foster care, with disabilities and with refugees. Unison is concerned about the future for those workers who remain saying more cuts are expected to youth services later this year.

Jon Stonehouse, director of Children & Families at York Council, said: “This is all part of the early stages of ongoing work with the private, voluntary and independent sectors to offer a targeted package of youth services, tailored to their needs. It’s important that this offer is focussed on providing the right advice and guidance to young people and is not just specifically targeted to just one area but to all services for young people city wide. We will be outlining more details about these proposals soon.”

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