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Youth minister Tracey Crouch has said her department is prioritising reducing the number of unfilled National Citizen Service (NCS) places after admitting the government has had to write off £9.8m spent on places that were not taken up.

A national network of youth integration champions is to be established as part of government efforts to give young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join national youth groups, it has been announced.

A joint police and council early help initiative that supports children, young people and families at risk of getting involved in crime looks set to be scaled back due to funding cuts.

A group of MPs have criticised Education Secretary Damian Hinds' "unwise" decision to become personally involved in the appointment of the new chair of the Social Mobility Commission.

Young people receiving treatment for kidney disease at a south coast hospital will be able to get support from a youth worker thanks to funding from the voluntary sector.

Targeted work experience programmes can boost school attainment levels and opportunities among groups of underachieving boys, an inquiry on the issue has heard.

Older children who are suffering neglect are going "unseen" by services that should be supporting them, inspectors have warned.

Children's services leaders have called for the Department for Education (DfE) to be handed back responsibility for youth work policy.

Guides and Scouts unite for £2.4m expansion push

By Tristan Donovan |

29 June 2018

Girlguiding and the Scout Association are seeking to open 200 new units in deprived areas of England by 2020 as part of a £2.4m joint project between the UK's two largest youth organisations.

Council drops plan for youth services mutual

By Joe Lepper |

27 June 2018

A plan to create a mutual to run youth services at a local authority in the north east of England have been dropped.