YOUNG people who are at risk of sexual exploitation, offending, pregnancy or who go missing from home or care will now be able to get help more easily.

Trafford Council provides help to vulnerable children by supporting the youth offending service, Talkshop, Connexions and Trafford Youth Trust (TYT).

But the youth trust, which was set up in 2015 to "raise the aspirations" of young people living in the borough, was disbanded in November.

At the time, town hall chiefs said the "landscape" within the sector had changed and its annual budget of £280,000 needed to provide "value for money".

The council will now deliver the Trafford Integrated Youth Offer (TIYO) that will  see services operate under a single umbrella with a "revised" management structure.

Members of the authority’s executive committee debated the proposals on Monday.

Jane Baugh, the council’s lead for children’s services, said the new service will deliver a "greater choice" for young people.

She added that young people will be consulted on where, when and how the service operates.

“This new integrated service will improve young people’s outcomes,” she told the meeting.

“They will now be able to access a spectrum of support including sexual health, child sexual exploitation, teenage pregnancy ­— and help if children are missing from home or care.”

Tory leader Cllr Sean Anstee welcomed the council’s "continued focus" on young people.

But, he questioned what outcomes young people could expect to achieve through the new service.

“It does seem that there are an overly complex set of structures being created here,” he said.

“In addition, the report doesn’t articulate the outcomes for young people as a result of the new service.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Michael Whetton said he hoped the new service had some "elasticity" to meet varying demands.

“In this modern media age ­— and the way things have changed so much for young people ­— we need to keep ahead of the game,” he said.