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NYCI endorses all the values and principles enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the principles enshrined in the UN Declaration on Human Rights, the principles underpinning the Children Act 2001 and the Equal Status Act 2000.

NYCI's work is based on the core values of equity volunteerism, pro-activity, interdependence, quality and representation. Its work is also young person-centred, whereby NYCI believes that all young people are citizens in their own right and are of equal value. NYCI commits to continually and actively appraising our work alongside our core values and principles.

1. Young Person-Centred

NYCI believes that all young people are citizens in their own right. They are of equal value, regardless of gender;marital status; family status; age; disability; race; colour; ethnic or national origin; membership of the Traveller community; antibody status; sexual orientation; socio-economic status; religious/political belief; trade union membership; criminal conviction or recovering addiction.

NYCI is committed to promoting the best interests,well-being, democratic rights, active involvement and need for equal outcomes for young people to enable them to develop as individuals and as active citizens.

Guiding Principles

  • NYCI will ensure that the best interests of young people are of paramount importance
  • NYCI will challenge policies and practices,which infringe upon young people’s rights
  • NYCI will challenge and inform how young people are portrayed
  • NYCI will actively promote the participation of young people in decision-making

2. Equity

NYCI is committed to the value of equity, both in terms of promoting the need for fairness of outcomes for young people, and ensuring that the Council’s own policies, procedures and practices are demonstrably equitable.

Guiding Principles

  • In shaping public policy,NYCI will seek to challenge all forms of discrimination against young people
  • In its own actions,NYCI will seek to ensure that all its policies, procedures and practices are equitable
  • In its own actions, NYCI will seek to equality-proof all future policies to ensure that no group has been unjustifiably discriminated against

3. Volunteerism

Volunteering is viewed as a vital dimension of democratic and social life, not merely to be valued for its resource input in limited service fields. In particular, it is viewed as essential to the development of civic participation, social solidarity and individual development. Volunteering constitutes a key source of social capital. Today volunteering remains very important, and faces numerous challenges and opportunities.

Guiding Principles

  • NYCI believes that human solidarity and concern for the common good are created, articulated and sustained by volunteering
  • NYCI is committed to promoting, sustaining and developing volunteering
  • NYCI will ensure that volunteers are treated fairly and facilitated to fully participate in all aspects of its work

4. Pro-activity

NYCI aims to encourage coherent and innovative strategies that will enhance the quality of services to young people. NYCI will do this by adopting a partnership approach to ensure that issues are addressed in a holistic manner and resources are used effectively and efficiently.

Guiding Principles

  • NYCI will promote innovation
  • NYCI will facilitate the development of partnerships, ensuring common ownership and problem-solving in all areas of work
  • NYCI will establish effective channels of communication with key partners

5. Interdependence

Members of NYCI value the interdependent nature of relationships and activity between and across the member organisations. Member organisations are committed to acting in the collective good of young people and the youth sector.

Guiding Principles

  • NYCI will encourage the building of trust and mutually beneficial relationships with and between member organisations and between the youth work sector and other sectors
  • The staff of NYCI will not compete with member organisations, except when the Board of NYCI decides that the collective good is better served by them doing so
  • NYCI will broker and promote collaboration
  • NYCI will ensure the promotion of a democratic culture in its internal and external operations
  • NYCI will facilitate the development of partnerships at a policy and strategy level, ensuring common ownership and problem-solving in all areas of its work
  • NYCI will establish regular channels of communication with key partners and identified stakeholders

6. Quality

NYCI will strive for quality in all its activities, demonstrating transparency in decision-making, responsiveness to emerging needs, an openness to challenge and ensuring that all resources are used effectively and efficiently. NYCI will be at the forefront of developing new ‘measurements’ in youth work, which are in keeping with youth work philosophy.

Guiding Principles

  • NYCI will ensure that quality standards are continually improved
  • NYCI will demonstrate integrity and professionalism in all interactions with stakeholders and the public

7. Representation

In fulfilling its functions as a membership-led organisation, supremacy is given to representing interests as determined and defined by the voluntary youth organisations in membership of NYCI.

Guiding Principles

  • The basis of deciding which interests and the manner in which they are progressed by NYCI is determined by the voluntary youth organisations in membership
  • The basis of acting on issues that impact on young people is determined by the voluntary youth organisations in membership
  • NYCI derives its mandate to speak and act exclusively from its member organisations

Strategic Aims

In advocating for the sector, NYCI is committed to playing a leadership role in actively raising the profile of youth work, enhancing the status of youth work and young people, and increasing the resources available to youth work.

NYCI embraces the genuine challenge of being representative of voluntary youth work organisations, as defined in the Youth Work Act 2001, and will ensure that its Memorandum and Articles of Association reflects this commitment.

NYCI is also committed to ensuring that all its members have the opportunity to participate fully in the organisation, and will promote and encourage interdependent relationships between member organisations and in how NYCI itself operates.

The relationship between NYCI and its member organisations is central to its role in developing good practice in youth work. NYCI will be responsive to the needs of its members and work in partnership with them to ensure that the considerable knowledge, expertise and experience of the collective is brought to the development of programmes.