New law to improve disabled teens’ access to training and volunteering

Leading UK charities have welcomed a new law that could give disabled young people better access to training and volunteering opportunities.

Young people volunteering

Young people volunteering

The National Citizen Service Bill, which received Royal Assent from Parliament this week, aims to help teens undertake training and voluntary work in their school holidays.

The National Deaf Children’s Society, RNIB and Sense worked with Parliamentarians to strengthen the Bill and ensure the scheme is accessible for young people with sensory impairments.

After pressure from peers in the House of Lords, the Government amended the Bill to include a legal requirement for the numbers of disabled young people taking part in the scheme to be monitored.

Martin McLean, Education and Training Policy Advisor at the National Deaf Children's Society, said: “The change made to this Bill was an important step in supporting young people with sensory impairments to achieve their potential.

“Equal access to training and volunteering opportunities is vital in ensuring disabled young people can forge careers and contribute to society. We will be monitoring the accessibility of the National Citizen Service going forward, and are pleased to see a Government commitment to doing so too.”

The National Citizen Service has received £1billion of public funding to roll out the scheme across England and support as many young people as possible.

Source: NDCS