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.
|Maureen Mc Intyre – Youth Officer|
|Tel: 049 4361881 ext. 6
Fax: 049 4361180
|Tel: 047 30888 ext. 207
Fax: 047 30889
|Sonya McQuaid – Oversight and Monitoring
List of publications
|Title for Listing|
|Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2018||The scheme is now open. Closing date for the 2018 Scheme is 12 Noon, 11th May 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|