As the Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) for youth work in England the NYA sets the occupational standards for youth work, as well as supporting the sector to build its skills and capacity to enable more young people to access the personal, social, and educational development opportunities provided by youth work. In line with its ambition to raise professional standards the NYA has published a number of new resources to support those responsible for commissioning or delivering youth work to meet their legal requirements and which reflects best practice. 

  • Raising the bar – Youth Work Practice Standards is the go-to guide to support youth work delivery, and outlines requirements for governance, planning and evaluation. 

The Practice Standards include a description of what constitutes youth work and its purpose. It also covers where youth work takes place and guidance for recruiting staff and workforce ratios.  It describes how organisations can include young people in decision making, embedding active youth participation in their youth work activities. Alongside the Practice Standards, the Youth Club in a Box is a toolkit containing all the processes, resources and templates to help you set up and deliver youth work services.   

  • Safeguarding standards for the youth sector have been designed to support good safeguarding practices for all those working with children and young people, adults at risk, volunteers and paid staff in youth work environments. This collaborative tool bas been designed for and with youth work organisations and young people.  

The Standards outline the legislative framework; how to develop a safeguarding policy and appropriate governance; as well as guidance on collaborating with others; training; and youth participation.  It sets out how best to embed a culture of safeguarding across your organisation to support staff (paid and unpaid) and young people.  

Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work said: “Youth workers do an amazing job providing young people with holistic support which unlocks their talent, builds their confidence and helps them use their voice in their communities, but it is important to make sure that what you are doing provides a good standard of equitable and safe experience for the young people you work with – and more importantly it’s what they have asked for.  

“These new Standards will act as essential resources for anyone responsible for delivering or commissioning youth work, providing peace of mind that the services they fund or deliver meet young people’s needs, are being delivered by suitably trained youth workers and above all, have the appropriate safeguarding policies and processes in place.
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Check out our recent webinar, Understanding the new Youth Work Practice and Safeguarding Standards, which took place on Wednesday 13 September.
The session which was delivered by Abbee McLatchie, Director of Youth Work and Xyna Prasad, Safeguarding Manager provided an opportunity to ask questions about the new documents.

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