Health Quality Mark

NYCI has developed the Health Quality Mark (HQ Mark) as a health promotion initiative with a view to enhancing best practice and a high standard of quality in all aspects of health promotion in youth organisations.

The HQ Mark is a set of quality standards in youth health promotion and takes the form of an award conferred on organisations that satisfy agreed quality criteria. The criteria, twelve in total, have been drawn up by the NYCI and are based on best practice in health promotion at a regional and national level as outlined in various strategy documents.

Much of the criteria have been drawn from the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria that were developed for the Health Promoting Schools Initiative and adapted by the NYCI. As a result, varying levels of the HQ Mark are available – bronze, silver and gold, according to the levels of the criteria achieved.

The aim of the health quality mark is to recognise and acknowledge quality health promotion in youth organisations.

  • To develop and sustain quality health promotion in youth organisations.
  • To ensure good practice in health promotion through needs assesment, planning, implementation and evaluation of all health promotion activities throughouth the organisation.To increase team work for all those involved in the health quality mark.
  • To enhance a teamwork approach and sense of ownership for all those involved.
  • To ensure that health related policies, practice and programmes are integrated effectively.
  • To promote the health of all those involved in the youth organisation including young people, staff, volunteers and management.
  • To ensure that work is consistently documented
  • To stimulate and encourage a culture of assessing quality.

The HQ Mark will:

  • Recognise and acknowledge good practice and a high standard of quality in all aspects of health promotion in the successful organisations.
  • Positively differentiate ‘health promoting youth organisations’ from other service providers.
  • Improve competitiveness in Health Promotion provision in youth organisations.
  • Increase the public profile of organisations who achieve the HQ Mark.
  • Ensure ongoing support and training from the NYCI to successful organisations so that they continue to maintain their HQ Mark.
  • Raise standards of Health Promotion in organisations.

To be eligible to apply for the HQ Mark, organisations must satisfy all of the following conditions.

Organisations must have successfully completed the Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Promotion, i.e have a Health Promoter who successfully completed the Specialist Certificate and/or National Training in Health Promotion.

Organisations must have participated in a health quality mark workshop organised and delivered by the NYCI
Develop a close working relationship with the NYCI.

Phase 1

Expression of interest on completition of Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Promotion

Phase 2

Inital Information meeting with the Health Programme Staff

Phase 3

Develop and implement links and support structures.

Phase 4

Submission of portfolio of evidence

Phase 5

Assesment of portfolio and site visit by Health Programme and HSE Staff.

Health Quality Mark OrganisationLevel of Award
Galway Diocesan Youth ServiceGold
Irish Girl GuidesGold
YMCA CorkGold
Swan Youth ServiceGold
Midlands Regional Youth ServiceGold
Buncana YouthreachSilver
North Connaught Youth and Community ServiceSilver
Foroige BBBSSilver
Bonnybrook  YouthreachGold
Youthreach LeixlipGold
Arklow Further Education CentreGold
Clondalkin Youth Support and Training CentreGold
Lifford YouthreachGold
Carlow Youth TrainingSilver
Cork FoyerSilver
St Vincent’s Trust– Community Training CentreSilver
Rush YouthreachGold
Arklow SpringboardGold
Blakestown Mountview Youth InitiativeGold
Youthreach Transition Centre, Dominick St.Silver
Newbridge YTDCGold
Hospital YouthreachGold
Sligo Community Training CentreGold
Blanchardstown YouthreachGold
Stoneybatter Community Training CentreGold
Tipperary Regional Youth ServiceSilver
Carlow Regional Youth ServiceSilver
Youthreach Miltown MalbayBronze
No Name ClubGold

Health Quality Mark Support Manual 2011

Health Quality Mark Support Templates

Health Quality Mark Criteria Audit Template

Health Quality Mark Remonitoring Criteria Template

Criteria 2 – Health Promotion Team Terms of Reference Template


Sample Meeting Record Template


Criteria 3 – Organisational Health Promotion Strategy Template


Criteria 5 – Peer Health Promotion Initative Planning Template


Criteria 7 – Training Plan for Staff/Volunteers and Management

Indivdual Training Needs Analysis


Checklist for Training and Development – Indivdual and Organisational

Organisational Training Report Template


Criteria 8 – Framework for evaluating Partnerships


Criteria 9 – Model of Good Practice for Health Promotion

Template for application of Model of Good Practice


Checklist for the APIE Model of Good Practice


Criteria 10 – Health and Safety Policy and Procedures

Checklist for Health Safety Resources

Checklist for First Aid

Checklist for dealing with emergency situations

Checklist for instruction, training and supervision

Checklist for Fire Safety

Criteria 11 – Ensuring and promoting equality and inclusiveness

Checklist for Equality Proofing


Criterion 12 – Child Protection Policy and Procedures

Child Protection Organisational Audit Tool (DOC)


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