New National Occupational Standards for Youth work

core .jpgThe new Occupational Standards are finally released (yay) and you can find them here.
Initial reading looks like they encompass a greater number of skills BUT the emphasis on “and community” in youth and community work seems to have been dialled back and although 3.2.1 is “Engage with the local community” ….. the symbiosis between youth and community work seems to be missing IMHO.
During the consultation phase a number of us had been keen to see ‘spirituality’ finding a place and as Mark pointed out, (thanks) it’s Section 1.1.4 ‘Encourage the spiritual development of young people’

I like the layout and the way that the individual standards are broken down into “Outcomes” “Behaviours” and “Knowledge and understanding!” This should be helpful in training as it’s a useful matrix for reflection and evidencing.
The purpose of youth work as stated in the document is:

“Enable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to allow them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and reach their full potential”

I only got to see a copy last night which is a challenge as tomorrow I’m lecturing at Ruskin on Social Exclusion and now have very little time to absorb the new NOS into the section on policy, practice and intervention in ‘youth and community work’ BUT hey ho, ‘if you can’t take a joke you shouldn’t have joined’*

*one of my maxims for life.

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