HC Deb 23 March 2000 vol 346 c648W
34. Mr. Nigel Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what measures he is taking to improve the quality of youth support services. [114634]

Mr. Wicks

We set out our strategy for supporting young people in our document "Connexions: The best start in life for every young person" on 3 February. At the heart of our strategy is a new Connexions service which will provide a radical new approach to guiding and supporting all young people through their teenage years. We also intend involving young people and a wide range of partners in developing and implementing the service which will be phased in over two to three years. The new service will build on the best practice of multi-agency working and will have a quality framework which will have two main elements: target setting and benchmarking; and audit and inspection.