The chief executive of charity Ambition is leaving to take the top role at a poverty charity, following the youth sector group's merger with UK Youth.
Research has identified the key factors that influence long-term social action among young people.
The merger of UK Youth and Ambition brings together two of the most influential youth charities. Although the shape of the organisation is still to be decided, leaders believe the move will boost the voice of youth work.
To make engagement meaningful, commissioners must help children to participate in shaping services, says Richard Selwyn.
Open-access youth work has suffered greatly in recent years as councils have been forced to target young people most in need, but now the £40m Youth Investment Fund is giving organisations a chance to reach many more.
Neil Puffett talks to Leigh Middleton, managing director, National Youth Agency.
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