Headlines: June 20th, 2000

The Connexions Service, due to be launched in April 2001, will provide support for teenage young people by offering personal advice and support. The key element of the Service will be a new professional group of ‘Personal Adviser’.The Advisers will be people from a wide range of backgrounds, qualifications and skills. They will also be able to refer young people to specialist services, such as social services departments and youth offending teams and broker on behalf of young people and their families to get the right support.

The Department for Education and Employment have issued a consultation document which provides information about the new profession and the roleof the Adviser. It seeks views on the proposed framework for the professional training and development. Personal advisers will be recruited locally.

Anne Weinstock has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Connexions Service National Unit and she will take up her post next month.

Copies of the consultation document are available from DfEE publications Unit, PO Box 5005, Annesley, Nottingham. NG15 0DG