We want all young people to be self-confident, motivated and equipped with the skills they need to succeed in life. We want society to value young people for their achievements and the contribution they make to their communities.

To achieve this, we need a level playing field of opportunity. So, in time, every 16-year-old will benefit from participating in the National Citizens Service. We also aim to improve support for vulnerable groups, with better intervention to prevent issues such as substance misuse, teenage pregnancy and youth crime.

We will help local partners look for better ways to empower young people, creating more opportunities for them to engage in local decision making and democracy in their communities. This section contains information about how we plan to achieve these goals.