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Increasing the engagement of young people in positive activities

Research Review

There is a long history of interest in the activity of young people outside of school and home and the impact this has on their future life chances. The value of encouraging young people’s participation in structured leisure-time activities (referred to here as ‘positive activities’) was a key strand of previous government policy and is implicit in the current Coalition Government’s Big Society policy and their flagship project for young people, National Citizen Service.