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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