Setting the direction for youth work organisations for the next four years.
On the 20 February 2014 the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology launched the new National Youth Work Strategy for Wales (2014-2018). The strategy was developed following consultation with the statutory and voluntary sector.
CWVYS member’s views were collated at CWVYS regional group meetings and special consultation events.
The Strategy recognises:
- the value and role of open access youth work provision
- promotes a stronger connection between youth work provision and formal education
- identifies the need for closer working between statutory and voluntary youth work organisations, and
- identifies the need to significantly strengthen the evidence base on the impact of youth work across Wales
Youth work in Wales is based primarily on a voluntary relationship between young people and youth workers. The Youth Service is a universal entitlement, open to all young people within the specified age range 11-25.
A guide Youth Work in Wales Principles and Purposes March 2014 has been produced by representatives of the voluntary and local authority youth work sectors in Wales. A copy can be found here
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
In Wales, the ‘Rights of Children and Young Persons Measure, 2011’ strengthens and builds on the rights-based approach of the Welsh Government to making policy for children and young people in Wales.
From 1 May 2012 to 30 April 2014, Welsh Ministers must have due regard to the rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when making decisions about proposed new policies or legislation or about reviewing or changing existing policies. Then, from 1 May 2014, Welsh Ministers must have due regard to the rights in the UNCRC whenever they use any of their legal powers or duties.
More information on youth work policy can be found on the Policy and Practice Page.