Terms of Reference for ETB Youth Work Committee
A Youth Work Committee will be established by the Education & Training Board in accordance with Section 44 of the Education & Training Board Act 2013 to carry out its legislative functions therein.
- Make recommendations to the Education and Training Board on the performance of its functions under the ETB Act, Section 10:
(i) Support the provision, co-ordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister in relation to such support;
(j) Assess the manner in which it performs its functions is economical, efficient and effective.
- Advise the Education and Training Board on any matter on which the Education and Training Board requests advice in relation to youth work.
- Advise the Youth Officer on matters regarding youth work in the ETB area.
- Provide a forum for youth work organisations operating in the ETB area together with key stakeholders to discuss the provision of youth work programmes and services in the area.
- Receive updates on the Youth Work Audit on an annual basis.
- Provide direction on the preparation of a Youth Work Plan.
- Ensure that the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme or any other such schemes are administered according to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs guidelines and time frame.
- Receive an annual update on the implementation of the National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF).
- Report as required to the Education and Training Board on the delivery of the annual work plan.
- A Youth Work Committee shall, from among the representatives of the Education and Training Board –
- appoint to act as chairperson a person appointed to the Committee and
- appoint any other member of the Committee to act as vice-chairperson to perform the functions of the chairperson in the absence of the chairperson.
- A Youth Work Committee shall, by the Standing Orders of the Education and Training Board, regulate its procedure or business at its meetings.
- A Youth Work Committee shall hold at least one meeting in each financial year but shall not hold more than 4 meetings in any financial year.
- The members of a Youth Work Committee shall hold office for such period, not exceeding 5 years, as is determined by the Education and Training Board but are eligible for re-appointment.
Membership of Youth Work Committees
Membership of a Youth Work Committee must be a minimum of 8, but no more than 12 (Section 44 (2)).
Membership may consist partly of members of the Education and Training Board and partly of members who are not members of that board but appointed by the ETB.
The ETBI Youth Work Committee recommends the appointment of at least 1 and not more than 3 members of the ETB.
The remaining membership would include representation from the following 4 pillars:
- Voluntary Youth Sector Representation (a minimum of 1 and not more than 3)
- Statutory Sector (Children Services Committee / HSE / Garda / Local Authority Officials)
(a minimum of 1 and not more than 3).
- Young persons from Comhairle na nÓg or similar youth structure (2).
- Co-options (1)
(persons representing organisations with an interest in youth work, e.g. third level colleges providing youth work courses in the ETB area etc.)
In making appointments, the ETB will ensure gender and geographic balance among the membership.
Removal of members
An Education and Training Board may remove a member of the Youth Work Committee from membership of the Youth Work Committee if, in the opinion of the Education and Training Board, the member has become incapable through ill-health of performing his or her functions or has committed stated misbehaviour, or such removal appears to the Education and Training Board to be necessary for the effective performance by the Youth Work Committee of its functions.
 Statutory nominees will be nominated once the rest of the members have been selected.