Youth Work

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.” 

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.

In the Youth Work Act, a “young person” is interpreted as a person who has not attained the age of 25 years.

Youth work is primarily focused on young people aged 10 to 24 years, although there is also a significant level of activity with the under 10s.  Youth work achieves a range of outcomes for young people, for example, communication skills, confidence and building relationships, through activities combining enjoyment, challenge and learning.

In practice, this includes volunteer-led youth groups, as well as youth projects with paid workers.  The latter category incorporates a wide range of projects, including ones supporting young people considered to be at risk of exclusion, youth information centres, projects supporting voluntary youth activity and general youth work services.  Youth work is delivered by both paid staff and volunteers, who play a key role in ensuring that young people have opportunities to be active members of their local communities. Youth workers support a range of approaches, which allow young people to engage and help ensure that services are responsive to young people’s needs and circumstances.

The quality of youth work carried out in each ETB area is supported through national quality standards initiatives.


CMETB links with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Values of Youth Work

Cavan and Monaghan ETB Youth Work Functions

Cavan and Monaghan ETB – Youth Work Committee:

Volunteer-led Youth Work Provision in Cavan and Monaghan

DCYA Funded Youth Work Service Provision in Cavan and Monaghan

All Youth Service Provision in Co. Cavan

All Youth Service Provision in Co. Monaghan

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 ext. 207
Fax: 047 30889
Sonya McQuaid – Oversight and Monitoring

Monaghan Office 

Market Street
Monaghan Town
Co. Monaghan

Tel: 047 30888 ext. 208
Fax: 047 30889


List of publications

Title for Listing Pdf
CMETB LGBTI Youth Service Provision Cavan CMETB LGBTI Youth Service Provision Cavan
CMETB LGBTI Youth Service Provision Monaghan CMETB LGBTI Youth Service Provision Monaghan
Local Youth Club Equipment Grant 2019 Closing date for the 2019 Grant is 12 noon on 28th June 2019.

Application form 2019

Information Sheet 2019

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2018 The scheme is now open. Closing date for the 2018 Scheme is 12 Noon, 11th May 2018.

LYCGS Application form 2018

LYCGS information sheet – 2018

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