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 between April 2022 to 31 March 2023”.  Members, were  given a platform to regularly debate, create and present policy briefs based on surveys and polling with officials and sometimes Ministers from a range of government departments, as well as meet with other like-minded individuals through monthly training sessions and Roundtable discussions.

From April 2023 the roundtable programme is being absorbed into a broader youth consultation and representation initiative under the UK Youth Parliament banner. At the time of writing its not clear who and how young people will be recruited to the YPDG replacement. Follow/subscribe to Young Voices Heard for updates.

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

Throughout the programme members were  guided,  upskilled and empowered 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 was provided and expenses covered. Training currently occurs in hybrid meetings in various parts of England.

Previous Roundtables

    • Careers advice at secondary education and college for DFE
    • Accessing national parks and open spaces
    • 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  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