What is Youth Work?
The definition as to what is youth work is described in the Youth Work Act 2001;
“a planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young persons through their voluntary participation, and which is (a) complementary to their formal, academic or vocational education and training; and (b) provided primarily by voluntary youth work organisations.” (Section 3.)
Youth work operates in various settings spanning the non-formal education through to informal education. Youth work engages young people from ten to twenty-four years of age, a significant period in terms of young people’s development. Youth Work’s primary concern is with the education of young people and is predicated on the voluntary participation of young people. Flexibility of approach and emphasis on the interpersonal, enables it to offer an educational process complementary to that provided through formal education. In addition, Youth work often acts as the point of contact and referral in the interface with other youth- related issues such as care, health, and welfare.
What are the Values of Youth Work?
The values of youth work match the purpose of education and are fundamental to the process, raising the confidence of individuals, their contribution to society, and their value as citizens. The vision of youth work was identified in the National Youth Work Development Plan as:
- Youth Work as an educative process
- Youth workers as professional educators
- Recognition of the positive contribution of young people and youth work
- Voluntary participation
- Importance of rights and citizenship
- Value of equality and inclusiveness
- Need for co-ordinated provision and working in partnership
Youth Work and ETB’s
Under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013, Kildare and Wicklow ETB has been given the legislative responsibility of supporting;
“the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provid(ing) such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support.” (Section 10 (1) (j))
- To support the provision of youth work in Kildare and Wicklow ETB’s operational area.
- Kildare and Wicklow ETB Youth Work Committee will develop a Kildare and Wicklow ETB Youth Work Plan as informed by the National Youth Strategy / National Youth Policy Framework Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures (2014-2020).
- Identify local needs analysis / gaps as informed by Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) progress reports, etc.
- Interagency collaboration with agencies and groups such as Tusla, Children and Young People’s Services Committees, Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF) Local Development Groups, Drugs and Alcohol Task Forces, Irish Youth Justice Service, local authorities, HSE, Comhairle na nÓg, schools, Youthreach and others as appropriate.
- Support and complement formal education.
- Manage the local administration of the following grant schemes:
- Local Youth Club Grant Scheme – click here for further information 2015 applications are now closed
- Special Projects for Youth
- Young Peoples Facilities and Services Fund 1 & 2
- Youth Information Centres
For further information on Department of Children and Youth Affairs Funding Schemes – Please click here
- Implement procedures as per the DCYA Financial Governance & Risk Management guideline.
- Implement / oversee quality assurance initiatives for DCYA funded projects and groups through implementation of the National Quality Standards Framework (staffed projects) / National Quality Standards for Volunteer Led Youth Groups. For further information, please click here
- Implement governance and operational oversight system as may be agreed arising from the Value for Money and Policy Review of Youth Programmes (2014).
5. Assessment of economy, efficiency and effectiveness:
Kildare & Wicklow ETB – Youth Work Committee:
Terms of reference of ETB Youth Work Committees are attached, the committee is currently being set up and will meet for the first time later in 2016.
Volunteer-led Youth Work Provision in Kildare and Wicklow:
There are approximately 150 Volunteer-led Youth Groups registered (meeting DCYA criteria) with Kildare and Wicklow ETB, to register your group or club, please download KWETB Registration Form
Total number of young people involved: 10,361
Total number of adult volunteers involved: 2,484
Main voluntary youth organisations: Scouting Ireland, Irish Girl Guides, Foroige, Youth Work Ireland, Girls Friendly Society, Boys / Girls Brigade, Crosscare, Catholic Guides of Ireland, Macra na Feirme, No Name Club and a variety of smaller specialist groups and independent youth clubs.
Kildare & Wicklow ETB
Ph: 0404 605 13 / 086 600 2258