Youth Work

So what is Youth Work?

Under the Youth Work Act 2001, the Definition of Youth Work is

“A planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary participation, which is complimentary to their formal, academic or vocational education and training; provided primarily by voluntary youth organisations.”

The Youth Work Act 2001 ensures that;

  • Youth Work is for all young people
  • Promote diversity of provision
  • Encourage and support voluntarism
  • Promote quality standards in management and youth work practice
  • Promote the active participation in decision making in youth groups
  • Allocate resources to meet needs

“In order to ensure the highest and most comprehensive quality of service is delivered to young people in Cavan and Monaghan, the Youth Officer ensures that there is:

  • Co-ordination of plans, proposals and activities regarding youth work
  • Provision of financial assistance
  • Preparation a Youth Work Development Plan
  • Compilation of a Youth Work Annual Report
  • Designation, review or withdrawal of designation for local youth work/service organisations
  • Establishment of a Youth Work Committee to advise and make recommendations on the performance of its youth work functions

The Youth Service Directory provides a complete list of all Youth Clubs and Groups that are providing youth services within the Cavan and Monaghan, including:

  • Bands
  • Community and Independent Youth Groups
  • Community Games
  • Foroige
  • Macra na Feirme
  • Paid Staff Projects
  • Religious Youth Groups
  • Uniformed Organisations

In this context, ‘Young People’are defined as being under the age of 25 years.

What are the Youth Work Functions of Cavan and Monaghan ETB?

The Youth Work Functions of Cavan and Monaghan ETB as defined under Section 10 (j) of the Education and Training Boards Act 2013 is ….. “to support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional areas and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support”


Contact Information
Maureen Mc Intyre – Youth Officer
Cavan Office Church View
Cavan Town
Co. Cavan
Monaghan Office Market Street
Monaghan Town
Co. Monaghan
Tel: 049 4361881 ext. 6
Fax: 049 4361180
Tel: 047 30888
Fax: 047 30889

Youth Work Training and Events

Title for Listing Pdf
National Youth Council of Ireland: A Basic Awareness in Child Protection Awareness ProgrammeThis four hour basic awareness course is the standardized child protection training programme for the youth work sector.  It aims to create a basic awareness about the key issues in relation to child protection.  It is suitable for volunteers and staff members in youth work organisations.”  Revised Summary Outline Session OneRevised Summary Outline Session Two
 First Aid Training to Voluntary Youth Groups  First Aid Training to Voluntary Youth Groups
 CMETB Youth Service Conference Youth Work Story Telling Workshop – Paid WorkersYouth Work Story Telling Workshop – Volunteers
Youth Training Calendar Training Calendar for Youth Leaders (Volunteer and Staffed)


List of publications

Title for Listing Pdf
Local Youth Club Equipment Grant Scheme 2017 The Application process for the funding is currently opened and will close at 12 noon on the 20th of October 2017.


LYCES Application Form 2017

LYCES Purchasing guidelines for groups – Sept 2017

List of ETB Allocations

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2017 The scheme is now open. Closing date for the 2017 Scheme is 12 Noon, 26th May 2017.

LYCGS Application form 2017

LYCGS information sheet – 2017

Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2016/2017 View Pdf 
Better outcomes Brighter Future: National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020  View pdf
National Policy Strategy for children and young people’s participation in decision making 2015 – 2020  View pdf
A practical guide to including seldom heard children and young people in decision making 2015 View pdf
Quality Standards for Youth Club/Groups View pdf
National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups – ANNUAL PLAN AND PROGRESS REPORT View pdf
National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups – SAMPLE EVIDENCE View pdf
Youth Club/Group Resources and useful links View pdf
Youth Service Directory 2015-2016 for Cavan and Monaghan View Pdf