Highlighting Youth Work issues at the Committee on Children and Youth
NYCI addressed the Oireachtas Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on Tuesday 18th April to highlight issues around Youth Work, alongside other stakeholders in the sector.
NYCI’s vision for youth work is that all young people living in Ireland have access to high-quality, well-resourced youth work services, which meet their expressed needs, and is delivered by paid professionals and well-supported volunteers.
To achieve this and to ensure our sector models best practice in Europe, we asked the Committee to consider our recommendations to:
Call for increased investment and multi-annual funding streams for the youth work sector in Budget 2024 and beyond;
Propose that investment levels in universal youth work keep pace with targeted youth work;
Ask DCEDIY to invest in an independent review of the scale of the sector, to inform a data-driven approach to funding need, and;
Fund the sector to carry out a workforce planning review to identify current and future education, career pathway and retention needs, including terms and conditions of service and short-term contracts;
Recommend that Government address the breadth of social and economic challenges facing young people in the forthcoming National Youth Strategy and position youth work organisations as a key delivery partner.
We believe that these structural improvements and investments will allow for the sustainable youth work sector we need to ensure that youth work changes lives now, and for decades to come.