The circumstances of young people in the UK are changing rapidly, in terms of how they spend their time and the choices they make. The period that young people spend in the transition years between childhood and adulthood has grown, youth engagement in a range of risky behaviours has increased and the education and labour market options faced by young people have changed dramatically. Work in this area provides robust evidence on the transitions made by young people to help inform key government policies in education and training.
Research was carried out by IFS researchers under the auspices of the Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transitions, jointly with researchers from the Institute of Education and the National Centre for Social Research.
A repository of impact studies, written by organisations working with young people and reporting on interventions they had undertaken, was set up; this is now hosted by Mentor-Adepis (Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service).