The right, to be, consulted, to participate in, decision-making and be heard, on all matters which concern them or have an impact on their lives.
9. YSS were consulted on the development of this strategy, the results of this can be seen at Appendix B. The consultation process considered a single mechanism for the sharing of good practice via annual events. These were considered as an option for bringing youth support service organisations together to develop ideas to fill identified gaps in provision based on local authority information. However many felt that single annual events would not achieve significant change as the infrequent nature of them would not progress development sufficiently quickly enough to meet the need of young people.
10. Youth Support Service providers felt that more regular structured and planned meetings would serve the needs of young people better, with all organisations working with young people aged 11-25 years in the Vale of Glamorgan contributing and collaborating to policy development. The option of reducing the number of organisations to key groups was also considered. However, if the aims of the strategy as outlined are to be achieved then the membership of the VPN must be as wide and varied a group as possible and young people would also need to be active members. It is on this premise from which the Vale Providers Network was established and the initial drive to develop a Youth Support Services Strategy arose.
11. Members of the VPN will ensure that the YSS is an active development which supports effective collaborative working, sharing of resources, and a common information sharing accord. The VPN has developed agreed terms of reference and these can be viewed at Appendix C. All recognise the need to ensure young people are provided with quality services and to ensure that young people can engage with services which are effective and achieve the best outcome and impacts for young people. The lead organisation responsible for the co-ordination and administration of the YPN will be the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
12. The VPN is supported by the Youth Service from existing budgets. Partners in the VPN can work collaboratively and develop funding streams and shared services to enable the Youth Support Services Strategy to be implemented. There are no employment issues to be reported.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
14. Under section 123 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000, National Assembly (Welsh Government) may direct Local Authorities to provide and secure the provision or participate in the provision of Youth Support Services. In 2002 the National Assembly for Wales, as it then was, made a Direction in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 123 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 which directed each Local Authority in Wales in respect of their area to (a) provide Youth Support Services, (b) secure the provision of Youth Support Services or (c) participate in the provision of Youth Support Services, having regard to guidance issued by the National Assembly. The Welsh Assembly, as it was then, issued guidance in July 2002 headed Extending Entitlement; Support for 11-25 year olds in Wales. The Welsh Government has issued a consultation document 079/2009 in relation to guidance in respect of these services which is intended to replace the 2002 guidance. The Learning and Skills Act 2000 section 123(2) states that Youth support services can comprise of a network of services, support and opportunities for 11-25 year olds including education, training and learning support to take advantage of opportunities of employment or to participate effectively and responsibly in the life of their communities for which local authorities are responsible.
15. The Welsh Government’s ‘Rights of Children and Young Persons Measure 2011’ strengthens and builds on a rights-based approach in the making of all policies for children and young people in Wales. From 1st May 2012 all Welsh Ministers were required to have due regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when making decisions about proposed new policies, legislations or about reviewing or changing existing policies.
Crime and Disorder Implications
16. The implementation of this strategy will enable services to target provision to assist in the reduction of offending, anti social behaviour, and criminal activity.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
17. The VPN has representation from the Urdd Gobiath Cymru and vulnerable learner groups.
18. Learning and skills Service plan objective 3 & 8, Community Plan CSCYP/A4.1, A2.8.
Policy Framework and Budget
19. This report is a matter for Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
20. Not applicable.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
21. Lifelong Learning.
Andrew Borsden, Principal Youth Officer
Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance
Mark Davies, Children and Young People's Partnership Manager
Nisha Shukla, Learning and Skills Officer
Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Office