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Resources for youth workers

  • With suggested questions and sample answers, this handy step-by-step guide for young people, youth workers and parents will help you choose the after school activities and projects that are right for you.

  • This guidance document explains how the Garda vetting process works and it outlines the responsibilities of organisations. It has been compiled by the NYCI Child Protection Programme for youth work organisations, clubs and projects, and specifically those tasked with ensuring that all staff and volunteers are recruited safely.

    The Child Protection Programme in the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The
    Programme supports youth work organisations to meet their child protection and safeguarding responsibilities.

  • The resource seeks to put the plight of refugees and the drivers of migration into a wider political context with the SDGs as a tool providing insight and authority. The activities challenge young people to be empathetic to the stark reality and perilous journeys facing refugees and migrants, including giving some insight into what it might be like to have to live that reality and make the tough choices facing their fellow human beings every day.

  • Promoting best quality inclusive practice in youth work settings: This 8 Steps to Inclusive Youth Work can help you:

    • Report within the National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF),
    • Write your continuous improvement plan,
    • Develop a logic model or work plan toward realising the Outcomes in the National Youth Strategy (NYS),
    • Meet your responsibilities under equality legislation
    • Follow the commitments set out in your organisation’s diversity/equality/ integration/ or inclusion policy
    • Act as an assessment and planning toolkit as you work toward developing best practice in equal and inclusive youth work

    This Toolkit is designed to help you articulate your practice in a structure that simultaneously meets your reporting criteria. It is not prescriptive – it is designed to spur you into thinking about your inclusive youth work practice.

  • World leaders have agreed a new set of Global Goals – or Sustainable Development Goals – to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and address climate change.
    ‘The Sustainable Development Goals and YOUth’ is the theme for this resource given the new Goals for the world which will be in place from 2015-2030.
    This resource encourages young people and those who work with young people to learn about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and think about how these Goals can be incorporated into our everyday lives.
    It supports the exploration of key local, national and global issues to see and understand how we are linked together. The Goals are newly agreed and a lot of work has yet to be completed.

  • This resource Working Safely in a Youth Club is designed to offer guidance to youth leaders on how to provide a safe environment for their young people.

    As youth groups are required to have in place child protection policies and procedures, which are fully implemented, this resource assists those working with young people to consider how to develop their safeguarding approach to their work.

  • An NYCI Toolkit for Youth Work Organisations to design, review and evaluate their child protection policy.

    This new resource is aimed at youth clubs, services and organisations that are designing their child protection policy for the first time or reviewing their existing child protection policy.

    As outlined in ‘Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011’,

    “Consistent with the principles of Children First, every organisation, both public and private, that is providing services for children or that is in regular direct contact with children should… Develop guidance and procedures for staff and/or volunteers who may have reasonable grounds for concern about the safety and welfare of children involved with the organisation. These procedures should not deviate from the current Children First: National Guidance, but may offer further elaboration to ensure local relevance and applicability… It is the responsibility of each organisation to ensure that such guidance and procedures are in place”


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  • ‘A Rich Man’s World?’ is a youth work resource on global issues affecting our lives. It examines justice issues such as poverty, education, employment and fair relationships between countries and people. This resource uses a variety of methodologies to help meet the learning needs of your group.

    Training in the use of the resource is available around Ireland. If you have a group of about eight leaders and a space to host the training, send an email to

  • The Volunteering Support Manual is the third element in the development of NYCI’s structures and supports to assist organisations in attracting, recruiting and retaining volunteers. It follows the Policy on Volunteering adopted by NYCI’s Assembly in November 2006 and the Charter on Volunteering developed in early 2007.

    All of these resources have been produced as a direct result of feed-back and inputs received during the development of NYCI’s first Strategic Plan during 2002. The Plan contained specific aims which included the promotion and development of volunteering as a worthwhile activity that is fundamental to society and also directed NYCI to support and develop best practice for involving volunteers in voluntary youth organisations.



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