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Amanda Naylor

CEO, Manchester Youth Zone
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Amanda Naylor is CEO of Manchester Youth Zone, a vibrant youth and community charity

Amanda Naylor has worked for the past 20 years in the third sector, international development and social care sector supporting and safeguarding child victims, disabled children, looked-after children, young people subject to safeguarding procedures and young people in the youth justice system.

Amanda has a Masters in Forensic Psychology, a Diploma in Social Work and is JNC youth work qualified.

Since June 2022 she has taken on the role of CEO at Manchester Youth Zone, a vibrant youth and community provision with world-class facilities, working with over 1,000 children and young people aged 8-25 years and families per week in North Manchester. This work is delivered through a range of open youth work and targeted provision, including sports, outdoor education, social action projects, enterprise and careers support, street-based detached work, serious youth violence programmes, mental health and emotional wellbeing provision.

Prior to this, Amanda headed up the national DFE-funded Covid-19 response Barnardo’s service ‘See, Hear Respond’, coordinating across the sector to get support to 100,000 children and families who were most in need. Through this programme she developed one of the largest datasets on the needs and outcomes of children and families during the pandemic.