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Youth support worker



K1: Methods to build trust and rapport, with diverse groups of young people Back to Duty

K2: Group work theory and its application in work with young people. Back to Duty

K3: Local and national factors that impact on young people i.e. social, environmental, economic, political Back to Duty

K4: Local community networks and ways in which young people might become involved Back to Duty

K5: Partnership and multi-agency working Back to Duty

K6: Communication techniques including verbal, written and electronic Back to Duty

K7: Places and spaces that professional youth support work might happen and how approaches might differ dependent on context, environment and/or young person Back to Duty

K8: Key reflective practice models that can be used in youth support work practice and their impact Back to Duty

K9: Critical reflection, and how to use it in practice to enhance continuous professional development for youth support work Back to Duty

K10: Professional approaches to informal education with individuals and groups in different settings Back to Duty

K11: Youth support work planning, monitoring and evaluation methods and how these are applied in practice Back to Duty

K12: Methods for evaluating and recording youth work sessions and how these are applied in practice Back to Duty

K13: What is meant by values and beliefs and why it is important to encourage young people to explore these. Back to Duty

K14: Different contexts, including cultural, social and political perspectives operating within young people’s communities and wider society Back to Duty

K15: Methods for encouraging and enabling young people to participate in an inclusive manner Back to Duty

K16: Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in youth work settings Back to Duty

K17: Approaches for increasing active participation and creating opportunities for youth voice and leadership Back to Duty

K18: Professional obligations regarding administration, recording and management of data i.e. GDPR Back to Duty

K19: Current national and local policies for safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults; and the application of these to own practice Back to Duty

K20: Indicators for abuse and exploitation and how to recognise these and take action within the context and setting Back to Duty

K21: Health and safety policies relating to the care and wellbeing of young people and implementation of these in the youth support worker role Back to Duty

K22: Positive risk benefit assessment to ensure there are safe working practices for youth support work Back to Duty

K23: How to collect and use sources of information in order to demonstrate the impact and benefits of youth support work Back to Duty

K24: Systems and procedures relevant to the role and setting Back to Duty

K25: First line management styles that are supportive and developmental for volunteers and assistant youth support workers Back to Duty

K26: Limits of professional behaviour boundaries in line with organisational policies and procedures Back to Duty


S1: Recognise, manage and reflect upon relational boundaries in professional youth support work Back to Duty

S2: Communicate with stakeholders – internal and/or external Back to Duty

S3: Facilitate the learning and development of young people Back to Duty

S4: Encourage the participation of young people in developing their own learning Back to Duty

S5: Facilitate activities and techniques to use with young people that promote self-confidence and build self-esteem and resilience Back to Duty

S6: Reflect individually and through supervision on practice in line with daily tasks to enhance the support young people receive Back to Duty

S7: Monitor and record the outcomes of own practice to identify areas for development and improvement Back to Duty

S8: Appropriately manage behaviour boundaries in line with organisational policies Back to Duty

S9: Plan youth support work programmes and sessions Back to Duty

S10: Lead youth support work programmes and sessions Back to Duty

S11: Evaluate youth support work programmes and sessions Back to Duty

S12: Enable young people to express their views, aspirations, needs and concerns appropriately in line with youth support work principles Back to Duty

S13: Identify, appropriately challenge and act upon oppressive or discriminatory attitudes, behaviours and situations Back to Duty

S14: Support young people to participate in planning, organising, delivering and evaluating youth work activities and programmes, and engaging on issues of importance to them Back to Duty

S15: Embeds in own practice a commitment to the rights of young people Back to Duty

S16: Apply safeguarding procedures and protocols Back to Duty

S17: Work within the parameters of organisational, local and national health and safety, child protection, data protection and equalities policies and procedures Back to Duty

S18: Participate in risk assessments and manage risk and risk benefits within the workplace Back to Duty

S19: Record all health and safety risks and take the correct actions to ensure the safety of all young people Back to Duty

S20: Complete administrative responsibilities e.g., signing in young people, risk assessments and recording activities Back to Duty

S21: Manage budgets and resources Back to Duty

S22: Manage individuals in line with organisational procedures Back to Duty

S23: Work with and maintain professional behaviour boundaries when working with young people Back to Duty


B1: Work in an anti-oppressive, anti-discriminatory manner Back to Duty

B2: Promote acceptance and understanding of others Back to Duty

B3: Support positive engagement in activities Back to Duty

B4: Uphold principles and values of youth work practice Back to Duty

B5: Celebrate success and the journey of young people individually and collectively Back to Duty

B6: Respect young people’s rights to make their own decision about involvement with youth work Back to Duty

B7: Promote the values of justice, fairness and equality Back to Duty

B8: Take a positive interest in young people’s concerns, ideas and interests Back to Duty

B9: Promote the development of political and social education for and with young people Back to Duty

B10: Compliance with relevant policies and procedures Back to Duty

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