Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Hidden: Who are ‘hidden’ young people and why are they not engaging with welfare support?

Today we launch our report on 'hidden' young people.

Up to half of unemployed young people in Greater Manchester are missing out on valuable support in finding work due to being ‘hidden’. As a result, Greater Manchester employers are missing out on potential young talent.

The report, Hidden: Who are ‘hidden’ young people and why are they not engaging with welfare support? focuses on young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and not in receipt of benefits and the unique issues they encounter.

Due to social isolation many 'hidden' young people experience mental health problems. For others, with no financial support from agencies and influenced by their environment, they turn to illegal means to financially support themselves.

The report identifies a number of reasons young people may become ‘hidden’, steps that can be put in place to avoid this and suggests actions that can be taken to support those who are already ‘hidden’.

Cllr Rishi Shori, GMCA lead for young people and social inclusion and Leader of Bury Council said: “This is an important report that shines a light on our hidden young people. By understanding the unique issues and barriers young people face, we can catch them before they fall through the net and help them build the skills and confidence they need to get into work.

“Every young person deserves the best start in life, and we all have a responsibility to guide our young people onto the right path. As lead for young people I am passionate about working with organisations like GMCVO, local employers, and young people themselves, to make sure Greater Manchester is doing all it can to give our young people the best opportunities and hope for the future.”

Follow the link below to download the full report, summary report or executive summary.