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Exeter   Workshop 3 Dave Ireland

Exeter Workshop 3 Dave Ireland



A presentation given at one of the National Youth Agency's regional events on the Governments new ten yearyouth strategy, called "Aiming High". ...

A presentation given at one of the National Youth Agency's regional events on the Governments new ten yearyouth strategy, called "Aiming High".

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    • Integrated Workforce Strategies
      • Dave Ireland
      • Cornwall Youth Service
    • Aiming Higher for Young People
      • ‘ ...a skilled and confident workforce will commission and deliver the most effective practice …to improve young people’s outcomes’
        • improving the quality of leadership and management
        • encouraging more to enter the profession of work with young people
        • fast tracking of young graduates into the youth workforce
        • ensuring that the Common Core is cemented across the sector
      • Focus on outcomes for young people
      • Value the role youth work and youth workers play (Positive Activities Guidance, Jan ‘07)
      • Need to create flexible ways of working – maintain professional competencies of each occupational group (Specification for Integrated Youth Support Nov ’06)
      • Maintain youth work as a distinctive professional activity (Treasury Review, Jan ‘07)
      Summary of recent papers
    • The Youth Professional
      • Personal Advisors are designed to be young people’s advocates – focus on targets to secure EET for the ‘disengaged’
      • Youth workers have a sharp, meaningful advocacy role because they are seen (by some young people) not to be in that wider establishment mix – i.e. intending to manage young people’s lives
      • ‘ Policy not to homogenise the youth workforce , rather achieve greater harmonisation. A fit between young people’s needs and the necessary skills base of workers..’
      • Harmonise not homogenise -
      • the salad, not the soup!
    • A return to social pedagogy?
      • Youth professionals more focussed on social pedagogy and a changing role to ‘…have regard for all aspects of children’s well-being including their social, emotional, health and educational development.
      (Building the vision, developing and implementing local integrated children’s workforce strategies, Children’s Workforce Development Council , 2007)
    • Integrated Youth Support Service Change Programme – April ‘08
      • Key strands will involve current delivery staff from the Youth Service and some Connexions staff:
        • Engagement of Young People
        • IAG - Someone to listen to
        • Positive Activities - Things to do, places to go
        • Targeted Youth Support
    • A strategic vision for the youth workforce from April 2008 on including:
      • Excellence in people and performance management, equality and diversity in service delivery and partnership working
      • Develop leadership capacity...including attracting effective leaders from outside the sector
      • Develop workforce skills and capacity across specific services, management and the frontline workforce
      • Effective resourcing - ensuring that organisations are able to recruit, train and retain the staff they need
      • Pay, rewards and conditions structures to attract, develop and retain a skilled and flexible workforce while achieving value for money in service delivery and fairness
    • Sector skills analysis
      • Who does face-to-face work?
        • Youth Service
        • Connexions
        • Voluntary & Community Sector 13 – 19
        • Preventative YOT
        • Young People’s DAAT
        • IAG in schools pre-16
        • IAG post-16 (work with employers, etc)
        • One stop shops – personal support
        • Targeted Youth Support, 1–1 support for vulnerable young people
        • Positive activities
        • Young people’s Voice and Influence
      • What roles and functions take place?
    • Key challenges for IYSS
      • Overcoming cultural and structural barriers between professionals
      • Recruiting from outside Cornwall
      • Leadership for the IYSS agenda/management of change - ageing workforce
      • Developing common performance management systems & standards
      • Pooling of funding for WFD & CPD
      • Managing conflicting targets
      • Bringing qualifications/terms and conditions together across IYSS
      • Connecting to broader Children’s Services WFD strategy
      • Creating a more diverse workforce
      • Integrating data collection
      • Start early, start early, start early
    • Progress to date
      • Common frameworks for induction and management training
      • Some understanding of competency and skills gaps
      • Links to wider children and young people’s WFD established
      • The inclusion of, and emphasis on, the ‘personal’ as well as ‘technical’ competencies – vision, values & behaviours
    • Critical behaviours
      • Working Together
        • Demonstrates an interest in and understanding of others
        • Adapts to team, builds team spirit and works well as part of a team
        • Recognises and shows appreciation of the contribution of others
        • Supports and helps others when appropriate
        • Helps to resolve conflicts and disagreements with tact and diplomacy
        • Showing tolerance, consideration and empathy and treats others with dignity and respect
    • Critical behaviours
      • Communicating Effectively
        • Listens carefully and sympathetically and considers what others have to say
        • Communicates proactively and shares information widely with others
      • Deciding and Initiating Action
        • Takes responsibility for own decisions, work and mistakes
        • Acts on own initiative, works well autonomously and with minimal guidance
      • Working Positively and Flexibly
        • Effectively balances the demands and conflicts of work life and personal life
        • Effectively manages own emotions even during difficult circumstances