Green paper aims to join up services

    A green paper on youth is planned for the autumn, the Department
    for Education and Skills has revealed.

    The green paper will set out plans for services and activities, as
    well as advice to help teenagers make choices about their personal
    lives and education. The DfES said the consultation will involve
    other government departments, charities, young people and parents.

    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge said it was time to look at how
    services for teenagers and young people “fit together”.

    The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and the National
    Youth Agency are to convene a working group to assist the
    government in developing the paper.

    Welcoming the announcement, National Council chief executive
    Susanne Rauprich said: “This will precipitate a national political
    discourse on young people’s issues and lead to the concerns of
    young people, one of the most disenfranchised groups in society,
    receiving the focus they deserve.”

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