The NYA ensures the quality and development of professional youth work training in England. We achieve this through validation and annual monitoring of professional qualifications. The work is progressed and overseen by the NYA Education Training Standards Committee (ETS) which makes recommendations on courses recognised to the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers.
Professional Validation of Higher Education Programmes
The National Youth Agency has published Requirements to describe the process through which Higher Education Institutions can seek formal professional validation of their programmes of education and training in youth work. Such programmes would then confer professionally qualified status for youth workers in England. The requirements, effective from September 2010, are within the document below, which also contains guidance on the process for professional validation.
- Professional Validation: Guidance and Requirements
- Fees for professional validation and modifications
- Template for storyboard (word doc to allow expansion of boxes for text)
- Essential evidence checklist
Key Documents for programme
- QAA Benchmarks for Youth Work?
- National Occupation Standards for Youth Work
- DfES Common Core of Skills Knowledge for the Children and Young People's Workforce
- JNC framework (JESC 133)
Annual monitoring reports
The National Youth Agency has publishes annually monitoring reports on validated training programmes for youth workers. The reports are prepared as part of the Agency’s process for ensuring good practice within JNC professionally qualifying validated higher education programmes for youth and community work. As well as ensuring students receive a good standard of learning the process enables a picture of the developing workforce to be formed and highlights shifts and changes in trends. Read the 2010-11 report in full >>
Annual Monitoring Process
NYA professional validation of a youth programme runs for up to 5 years, and is conditional on the compliance of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) with an annual process of monitoring.
Professional programmes are sent their unique URL address to complete their submissions. Below are the supporting guidance documents. Any queries please e-mail NYA
Professional Validation in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
The NYA professionally validates professional training programmes in England.
For information on youth work and youth work training in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland contact:
CLD Standards Council for Scotland, 9th Floor, The Optima, 58 Robertson Street. Glasgow. G2 8DU
Tel: 0141 282 5263