The IYW plans to get youth work on to a "statutory footing" to create a more "equitable" relationship with the government, but is that necessary when legislation already requires councils to secure provision?
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.
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.
In the wake of the London and Manchester terror attacks, experts are calling on the government to involve young people and community groups in creating effective ways to address marginalisation and extremist views.
The loss of its overall majority has been politically costly for the government, but it has also caused policy upheaval and ministerial changes affecting children's services. Sector leaders consider the implications.