Youth services remain splintered

    Youth services should be better co-ordinated, less rationed by
    age and more influenced by young people, according to a report by
    the government’s social exclusion unit published today,
    writes Mithran Samuel.

    In an interim report from its Young Adults with Troubled Lives
    project, it says youth services remain splintered between a number
    of agencies and calls for greater co-ordination, through
    initiatives like local area agreements.

    The report suggests agencies should relax age restrictions on
    services, to stop vulnerable young people falling between
    adolescent and adult services.

    It also calls for young people to have more of an influence on
    services saying national policy takes too little account of their
    thinking and behaviour.

    The project, launched last August, is designed to improve life
    chances for vulnerable young people.

    • The report is available from


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