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Fiona Blacke Chief Executive The National Youth Agency. What do youth workers do?. Engage with young people on their terms/territory Create trusting relationships Develop learning programmes based on young people's own reality, interests and concerns Act as broker

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Fiona blacke chief executive the national youth agency

Fiona Blacke

Chief Executive

The National Youth Agency


What do youth workers do

What do youth workers do?

  • Engage with young people on their terms/territory

  • Create trusting relationships

  • Develop learning programmes based on young people's own reality, interests and concerns

  • Act as broker

  • Supports voice and influence

  • Work in partnership

  • Celebrate achievement


Range and context

Range and context

  • Universal and targeted

  • IYSS, TYS

  • LA and third sector/community organisations

  • Schools, centres and streets


Contribution to the health agenda

Contribution to the Health Agenda

Getting health messages to young people -

mass reach

  • 500,000 Guides and Brownies

  • 30,000 young people on Positive Futures

  • Young people have a million contacts with youth workers each month (NYA stats and DoH Nov 2007)

  • Support to delivery of mainstream PHSE

  • Support young people’s engagement in service shaping


Contribution to the health agenda1

Contribution to the health agenda

Reaches the young people the rest of the system fails,

or those who are marginalised

  • Targeted programmes with young people with specific issues e.g. drug users

  • Key role in advice and counselling

  • Targeted Preventative Programmes - on sex and relationships - linked to teenage pregnancy indicators


Partnership working

Partnership working

  • Bridging tier 1 and 2 - the windscreen wiper

  • Youth Information and Advice Services as part of CAHMS offer

  • Partnerships with young people

  • Integrated working across localities/schools


The challenges

The challenges

  • Recognising that Every Child Matters is a package

  • Developing shared understanding

  • Making IYSS/TYS work

  • Joint commissioning

  • Making voice and influence a reality


Opportunities

Opportunities

  • The policy environment

  • Building on what's there

  • Joint workforce development

  • Building health in to the local youth offer

  • Developing youthwork contribution to PSHE


Fiona blacke chief executive the national youth agency

Working together to radically improve the life chances of young people


Tools for the job

Tools for the job…

  • You’re Welcome Quality criteria

    www.dh.gov.uk/publications

  • Hear by Right for Health

    www.nya.org.uk/hearbyright

  • Participation Works

    www.participationworks.org.uk


Www nya org uk yw4h

www.nya.org.uk/yw4h


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