Consultation Launched to Identify Feasibility of Institute for Youth Work

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The youth sector is being asked to provide views on the latest proposals for an Institute for Youth Work (IYW) from National Youth Agency's Education and Training Standards Committee.

Diane Evans, National Youth Agency national programme manager: “Now is this time to share your thoughts as these will inform further development and feasibility."

The youth sector is being asked to provide views on the latest proposals for an Institute for Youth Work (IYW).

An exploration into the potential for a professional body for the youth work sector was undertaken by the National Youth Agency, as part of its work with the NCVYS-led Catalyst consortium, in autumn 2011. This uncovered support from the youth-sector for continued study into the potential for a body to be established to promote quality youth work and secure standards for ethical and effective practice.

The NYA’s Education and Training Standards Committee, as the only formally constituted cross-sector group made up of youth sector organisations and individuals, has been asked to form a steering group to use consultation feedback and findings from a gap analysis, undertaken earlier this year, to develop a proposal for the form and function of a potential IYW.

The outcome of this work is now out for consultation and youth work students, managers, practitioners and volunteers are being urged to provide views and input on an individual basis.

Diane Evans, National Youth Agency national programme manager and workforce lead for the Catalyst consortium, comments: “The notion of an Institute for Youth Work has been debated for many years and we are now at a critical decision point, which is an exciting place to be considering we have not got this far before."

“Now is this time to share your thoughts as these will inform further development and feasibility.

“We are urging individuals to provide their views and, although we welcome group responses, the initial proposals for the Institute are about a voice for individuals, not their organisations, therefore ensure your own view is registered as well any collective response.”

A proposed timeline of activity for the Institute for Youth Work has been launched with the Phase Two consultation to support the sector in understanding how and when decisions are to be made about its feasibility. Should sector feedback from this round of consultation provide clear and substantial support for the establishment of a body, a detailed, costed proposal and funding strategy would be developed for the ETS group and used to inform feasibility for a potential launch later this year.

Consultation is open until 31 July 2012 and materials can be downloaded from the National Youth Agency or join the Institute for Youth Work LinkedIn group to debate with colleagues from the sector.

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