International Learning Exchange Consultation

Some CWVYS members may recall from our International Newsletter this month (and many previous ones since the programme was announced), information on the Welsh International Learning Exchange Programme. There is currently a consultation process open to the Youth sector, for people to feed back to the policy development team.

Here is the consultation form;

It has many questions, but as it says on the consultation page; “anything you are unable to answer, simply leave blank.”

It also notes that “there is no save option with this form. It will take about 30 minutes to complete.”

If you are submitting a response, it might be worth writing your answers in a word document or draft email, anything that allows you to save as you go along, so that if anything crashes you won’t have lost all your answers!

The deadline to submit a response is the 19th of October 2021 at 5pm.

This will be discussed at the National Youth Work Conference on the 14th of October if anyone is interested, details on how to book your free place at the conference can be found on our website here;

Unfortunately, a Welsh translation of the consultation form will not be available until next week. For those hoping to respond in Welsh, we can suggest beginning to formulate your answers (based on the English questions) before the form becomes available if time is an issue for you and you may be unable to submit after next week (due to staff on leave or what have you).

As part of the development of the International Learning Exchange Programme, there’s a vacancy for an Executive Director. You can find bilingual information here;


YMCA Swansea has an exciting new opportunity to join the team as a Bid Writer and help us to make a real difference in children and young  people’s lives across Swansea.


  • Bid Writer at YMCA Swansea
  • £32,000 pro rata
  • 18.5 hours per week
  • November 2021
  • Swansea & Home Based
  • Send CVs to
  • Deadline 15 October

More information in this document: Bid Writer

Please call for an informal chat and more information Anne-Marie 07792064156.



Anne-Marie Rogan

Chief Executive Officer

Prif Swyddog Gweithredol

FREE Trauma Recovery Model training for youth workers/youth support workers (Dec 6-8)

Following the success and impact of the recent Trauma Recovery Model (TRM) training events funded by  Welsh Government and co-ordinated by the WLGA, it has been agreed to deliver a further course for Youth Workers and youth support services across Wales.

The event  will take place over 3-Days on 6th-8th December 2021, online via Microsoft Teams, and is available for delegates from both the voluntary sector and local authorities.

On completion of the course there will be an opportunity for delegates to also carry out an end-of-course assignment with a view to becoming an accredited TRM Practitioner, one of the requirements for entry to  TRM Train the Trainer programme.

Here you can find a ‘request to attend’ form, if there are any queries in the meantime, please contact either or


Ending Physical Punishment – change in the law

A message from colleagues at the Welsh Government about legislative changes;

From 21 March 2022, physically punishing children will be illegal in Wales.

The ‘big launch’ of the Ending Physical Punishment campaign took place on Tuesday 21 September, marking ‘six months to go’ before the law comes into force.

Please find here a link to our partner pack which includes resources for your social media channels;


We would be very grateful if you could support us in raising awareness about the change in law. 

Thank you for your continued support,


Nia Jones

Senior Legislation Communications and Engagement Manager

Welsh Government

Youth Work National Conference 2021 on Thursday 14 of October is now open for booking.

Here you can find a message from the organisers of the conference on how to book your place;

The Youth Work National Conference 2021 is a full-day virtual event. It is an opportunity to hear from our keynote speakers and to find out about developments from across the sector. It is also a chance to network, discuss good practice and share ideas from the youth work sector and beyond.

The conference will use the Hopin platform, and you’ll need either to have a Hopin account already, or sign up for one if you don’t.

To book your free place, please click on this link:

Click on “Join event” or “View tickets”.

On the “Select tickets” screen you’ll see:



If you already have a Hopin account, click on “Sign in to join the event”, and sign in to Hopin on the Welcome Back screen as usual.

On the next screen, “Checkout”, add the additional information requested and click “Complete Order”.

This will take you to the event holding page. Please click on “Create your profile” – this will help you get the best out of the networking opportunities on offer on the day of the event.

To return to the event on the day, use the link above and make sure you sign in on the top right hand corner of the screen. (Do NOT click on View Tickets).



If you don’t have an account with Hopin, click “Create new account”.

Click on “Sign up with email” and fill in your details.

On the next screen, “Checkout”, add the additional information requested and click “Complete Order”.

This will take you to the event holding page. Please click on “Create your profile” – this will help you get the best out of the networking opportunities on offer on the day of the event.

To return to the event on the day, use the link above and make sure you sign in on the top right hand corner of the screen. (Do NOT click on View Tickets).

If you have any queries about the registration process, please contact the event organisers on .

In other news from the Welsh Government’s Youth Engagement branch;

You can find the latest edition of the Welsh Government’s Youth Work newsletter here; 


If you would like to subscribe to the Welsh Government Youth Work newsletter you can do so here;

Education Workforce Council Data

The Education Workforce Council (EWC) has published its latest data on the education workforce in Wales. Based on information derived from our Register of Education Practitioners, the Annual education workforce statistics for Wales 2021 provides valuable insights into the make-up of the education workforce.

They have published a range of separate workforce statistics which you can find on their website.

VACANCY Digital Communications Assistant

We’d like to draw your attention to a job vacancy for a Digital Communications Assistant, a post that will support Ellie Parker, Marketing and Communications Officer for the Youth Work sector.



Hours of work:                                  30 per week


Length of contract:                           October 2021 to 31 March 2022


Salary:                                                £27,041 pro-rata (£10,963 actual)


Accountability:                                  to CWVYS Chief Executive


Place of work:                                   At home and at the CWVYS office (Cardiff Bay) as appropriate. You may also be required to travel further within Wales


CWVYS is seeking to recruit and host a Digital Communications Assistant, working alongside and in support of the sector-wide Marketing & Communications Officer with responsibility for a range of duties and projects. This post is funded by the Welsh Government.

We are looking for a fully bilingual (Welsh and English languages), creative and skilled person who will support the marketing and communications needs of the whole youth work services sector in Wales.

Applicants are invited to register initial interest in this position by e-mailing  A copy of the job description/person specification and application form will then be e-mailed in return.

When completing the application form, candidates will be expected to prove how their experience and skills match the requirements of the role as outlined in the job description and person specification.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 10.00am on 29th of September 2021

Applicants selected for interview will be informed of the relevant process in due course.

Thank you for your interest.

Interim Youth Work Board Final Report

As you may have heard, certainly if you attended our Regional Meeting this morning, the Interim Youth Work Board have published their final report, “Time to deliver for young people in Wales”;

Here you can find an ‘infographic’ for Young People;

Follow this link to read the Minister’s initial statement;

If you’d like to view or share a short video on the report, you can find it here;

Youth Engagement and Progression Framework; Consultation Report

The Welsh Government have published a report summarising the feedback from a consultation on refreshing the Youth Engagement and Progression Framework.

It was undertaken by the Learning and Work Institute, and can be found here; refresh-youth-engagement-progression-framework.pdf (

Additional Youth Support Grant Funding targeting Mental Health and Emotional Well being

The Welsh Government Youth Engagement Branch has secured an additional £2.5 million pounds of Youth Support Grant funding to be targeted to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing of Young People.

As you may be aware from previous CWVYS messages to you, these funds are being allocated directly to local authorities, whose individual workplans need to be submitted to the Welsh Government by 21st September.

Positively, the criteria states that the workplans must be signed by both the local authority and voluntary sector organisations that have been engaged in their design.

We would therefore again encourage you to make contact with local authority Principal Youth Officers (contact list can be found here; PYOG Contacts List Sept 2021).

Here is the original link to the news from the Minister:

Extra support for youth mental health announced | GOV.WALES