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Bill expands the Youth Service

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/07/2016

The Youth Service has been expanded under a bill passed by parliament.

It will now support all 19-year-old parents and 18 and 19-year-olds at risk of long-term welfare dependence.

The service currently helps 16 to 18-year-old parents and at-risk 16 and 17-year-olds.

It pairs young people up with a youth coach who helps them with their education, training or employment.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says children who grow up in benefit dependent homes are more likely to be notified to Child, Youth and Family, receive a benefit as a young person and are less like to achieve NCEA Level 2.

"This bill is about putting practical measures in place to assist our most at-risk young people and their families so they have better long-term outcomes and are able to thrive," she said after the bill had been passed into law.

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