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Scottish Youth Work Outcomes

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Timothy Frew

on 19 January 2017

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Transcript of Scottish Youth Work Outcomes

The outcomes build on the Statement on the Nature and Purpose of Youth Work, a sector-led definition of youth work.

This is supported by six statements of the purpose of youth work which were the starting point for the development of youth work outcomes and originate from Step It Up. The working group that produced the outcomes also drew on:
Working with young people: the value of youth work in the European Union and the Young Foundation report:

Framework of outcomes for young people

Delivering Change

National Practice Model:

Curriculum for Excellence:

National Youth Work Strategy: http://www.youthlinkscotland.org/Index.asp?MainID=19180

National Performance Framework: http://www.gov.scot/About/Performance/scotPerforms

The model.

In Blue are the building blocks that make up the youth work practice model in Scotland and together are essential in delivering youth work outcomes

In Green are the national policy drivers and practice models that youth work outcomes make a significant contribution to.

The development of the youth work outcomes emerged from an initial discussion at a meeting of Local Authority Youth Work Managers (LAYWM) and National Voluntary Youth Work Organisations Scotland (NVYOS) in June 2014, about the need for 'shared outcomes'.

The networks were also keen to ensure that youth work service providers had:
Increased coherence and consistency in youth work delivery and evaluation
Stronger recognition of the unique contribution that youth work makes

The initial draft of outcomes was completed and circulated at the end of 2014 following a workshop that included representatives from LAYWM's, NVYOS, and the Policy Forum.
The outcomes were agreed by the networks and approved by YouthLink Scotland's board in June 2015.

The Model
There are 5 key ambitions in the youth work strategy and two of these:
Ensure Scotland is the best place to be young and grow up in.
Put young people at the heart of policy
In achieving outcomes for young people through youth work in Scotland, there is an expectation that the youth work sector can contribute to these ambitions. The development of youth work outcomes has been a sector-led development. However, the development of the outcomes also has place within the strategy, as above (shown in bold).

In Scotland, the assessment of wellbeing is legally defined in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Wellbeing is a core element of the Getting it Right for Every Child approach. The assessment of wellbeing makes reference to the following eight 'wellbeing indicators': safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.

When assessment, planning and action are needed, practitioners can draw on the Getting it right for every child  National Practice Model (above), which can be used in a single or multi-agency context, and:
provides a framework for practitioners and agencies to structure and analyse information consistently so as to understand a child or young person’s needs, the strengths and pressures on them, and consider what support they might need
defines needs and risks as two sides of the same coin. It promotes the participation of children, young people and their families in gathering information and making decisions as central to assessing, planning and taking action
provides a shared understanding of a child or young person’s needs by identifying concerns that may need to be addressed.

The National Practice Model is a dynamic and evolving process of assessment, analysis, action and review, and a way to identify outcomes and solutions for individual children or young people. It allows practitioners to meet the Getting it right for every child core values and principles in an appropriate, proportionate and timely way.

Youth Work Outcomes can be part of the process of identifying appropriate and proportionate outcomes for the young person.

The Scottish Government established a National Performance Framework to provide focus for the Government and public services to work towards a shared purpose. These national outcomes are reflected within Single Outcome Agreements from local authorities and influence Community Planning Partnerships. There are 16 National Outcomes. The five outcomes listed have most resonance with youth work.

Curriculum for Excellence provides a framework of experiences and outcomes for individual learners (aged 3-18). The Curriculum for Excellence uses the language of attributes and capabilities for learning to achieve the four capacities of Successful Learner, Confident Individual, Effective Contributor, and Responsible Citizen.

The responsibilities of all are: Health and Wellbeing; Literacy across Learning; and Numeracy across Learning.

Outcomes for young people through youth work relate to the four capacities.

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