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National Quality Standards Framework for Youth Work

The National Quality Standards Framework for Youth Work was launched in 2010.

NQSF establishes a single, standardised framework that will act as an overarching structure to ensure and enhance quality service provision.

On launching the framework, Minister Barry Andrews stated:‘The National Quality Standards Framework for youth work (NQSF) is primarily a support and development tool for youth work organisations and projects, which places young people at its centre,’ said Minister Andrews. ‘While the concept of standards in youth work is not altogether new, it is clear that there was a need to establish a single, standardised framework that would act as an overarching structure to ensure and enhance quality service provision’.

‘The implementation of the Framework is a strategic priority for my Office,’ noted the Minister. ‘I encourage all stakeholders to implement and engage cooperatively and constructively with the NQSF, which will prove to be of significant and sustainable benefit to youth work and to the young people who engage in these services,’ he concluded.

Also speaking at the launch was Diarmuid Kearney, CEO of Youth Work Ireland, who said: ‘in launching this National Quality Standards Framework for Youth Work, Minister Andrews is echoing the determination of the sector to work for a society where all young people are valued and involved’.

Representing the youth work sector, Eddie D’Arcy, President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, welcomed the NQSF initiative saying: ‘feedback from organisations involved in the pilot NQSF phase has been particularly positive with all organisations expressing satisfaction both with the framework and the positive outcomes for their own organisations.'

‘The approach taken for the design, piloting and implementation of the NQSF is one of partnership between voluntary Youth Organisations, the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA) and the Irish Vocational Education Authority (IVEA). The same approach has also led to the production of the other two valuable programmes being launched today and is an approach valued very much by the voluntary Youth Organisations,’ continued Mr D’Arcy.
After the launch of the NQSF, the Minister introduced two publications aimed at supporting those working in the youth sector – Addressing Homophobia: Guidelines for the Youth Sector in Ireland and Starting Out – A National Induction Training Programme for Volunteers engaged in youth work practice.

Minister Andrews welcomed the publication of the Guidelines for Addressing Homophobic Bullying, which were developed by BeLonG To Youth Service and funded by the OMCYA. ‘These guidelines will help ensure that youth work policies and practices work proactively to ensure the inclusion of all young people within safe and supportive youth services’, stated the Minister. Commenting on Starting Out – A National Induction Training Programme for Volunteers, Minister Andrews noted: ‘this is a significant publication outlining an agreed training programme, which will support volunteers who are fundamental to the provision of youth work’.

To download the publication visit: NSQF 2010 publication