Young Voices Heard supports the work of ShoutOutUK/Govt’s Youth Policy Development Group – See below and News/Blogs.

For more information you can go to The Youth Policy Development Group with SOUK and DCMS – Shout Out UK

“The YPDG is an official government programme, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in partnership with SOUK. As a YPDG member, you are given a platform to regularly debate, create and present extensive policy briefs with Ministers from a range of government departments, as well as meet with other like-minded individuals through monthly training sessions and Roundtable discussions”. SOUK

You can apply to be a member here  to serve until March 2021. Applications close on Sun 7 August.

A Group of Policy-Making Specialists (aged 16-25, England)

As part of a diverse 40-member team, the YPDG devises extensive policy briefs in specific topic areas, and presents these directly to government ministers. Throughout the six month process, they are guided and upskilled via monthly training sessions organised by Shout Out UK. These sessions provide the Group with the necessary skills to debate, create and present policy briefs to real-world policy-makers. Mentoring support is provided and expenses covered. Training currently occurs in hybrid meetings in various parts of England.

Previous Roundtables

    • Engaging young people in Sport with DCMS
    • Gene Modification with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affair
    • Constructing Youth Centres with the Youth Investment Fund
    • Youth Engagement Activities with Government, with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
    • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with the Department for Education
    • Improving Youth COVID Vaccination with the Department for Education

If you have any questions about the survey or the YPDG programme as a whole, please email

“The YPDG has given me the opportunity to really have my voice heard and help to make sure young people are listened too. I’ve also learnt so much about so many things and met some amazing people!” – Maddie