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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 9 September 2013

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services

 

A Vision for a New National Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2013-18

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise members on the consultation being undertaken by Welsh Government on the A Vision for New National Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2013-2018 and to agree a response.

Recommendations

1.         That the consultation response prepared by officers is submitted to the Welsh Government and referred to Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee as information.

2.         That members are made aware of the Welsh Government's vision for youth support service resources and the implementation of National Youth Engagement and Progression (NEP) Framework.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To ensure that members are aware of the current government proposals and that the views of the Vale of Glamorgan help shape national policy.

2.         To ensure members are aware that the NEP Framework places new responsibilities on local authorities in respect of reducing NEETS, but is not expected to be supported by additional funding.

Background

2.         The Minister for Education and Skills has committed in the Welsh Government Programme for Government Progress Report 2012 to update the National Youth Service Strategy.  The consultation document supports the delivery of this commitment.

3.         The Vale of Glamorgan Council has developed a NEET Strategy and Youth Support Service Strategy which has similar themes in their Action Plans to those which are evident in the consultation document.  The Council is developing systems to implement an Engagement and Progression framework from September 2013 aimed at supporting young people into sustained engagement, training and employment.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.         The document 'A Vision for a New Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2013-2018' (Appendix 1) contains proposals which are endorsed in principle.  In our response (Appendix 2) it must be stressed, however, that some of the proposals do not have clear guidance or specific criteria for implementation and would need further development and consultation if they were to become performance or action plan measures.  The response also comments on the need to ensure the availability of resources to implement the strategy.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.         This will be a matter for Executive decision.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6.         The Youth Services have an important role to play in ensuring sustainable and inclusive communities.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.         On 1st May 2012 the Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure came into effect in Wales. The Measure places a duty on Welsh Ministers to have due regard to the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child (the Convention) and its optional protocols and makes a number of other provisions relating to children’s rights in Wales. In effect this makes the Convention part of the decision making framework or process of Ministers. The Measure aims to embed the principles of the Convention on the rights of the child into law on behalf of children and young people. The Measure places a duty on Welsh Ministers to take appropriate steps to promote knowledge and understanding of the Convention amongst the public including children. The Convention applies to children under 18 however the Measure requires Welsh Ministers to consider whether any of its provisions should be applied to young people in the 18 to 24 age range.

8.         The Local Authority has a duty to comply with various legislation including the Equality Act 2010, the Learning and Skills Act 2000 Section 123 concerning youth support services, the Children Act 1989, the Leaving Care Act 2000 and the Education Act 1996.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.         The range of issues associated with young people in the NEET category comprises low educational attainment, homelessness, gang membership, early criminalisation, drug culture and dependency, care needs, teenage pregnancy, prostitution and in many or even most cases, multiple and overlapping disadvantage, for example, pregnancy, drug dependency and crime.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.      As set out above, the Local Authority has duties under various legislation, including the Equality Act 2010.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.      Corporate Improvement Objective 8 Learning and Skills Service Plan Outcome 1 Objective 3.  Learning and Skills Service Plan Outcome 2 Objective 6 and 8.  Community Strategy CYP/A2.8, CSLS/A4, CSCYP/A5.2.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.      This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.      Not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.      Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

None

 

Contact Officer

Andrew Borsden, Principal Youth Officer

 

Officers Consulted

Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance

Mark Davies, Children and Young People's Partnership Manager

 

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

 

 

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