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Youth Engagement Framework

The Youth Engagement and Progression Framework (YEPF) sets out a new approach to developing support for young people who are at risk of or who have become NEET.


The Framework has 6 key elements:

  • Identifying young people most at risk of disengagement
  • Better brokerage and co-ordination of support
  • Stronger tracking and transitions of young people through the system
  • Ensuring provision meets the needs of young people
  • Strengthening employability skills and opportunities for employment
  • Greater accountability for better outcomes for young people.

There will also be two offers for young people through the framework:

  • The first is the allocation of a single point of contact (a lead worker) to the most at risk young people to help ensure that support is delivered in a joined up and co-ordinated way and that works to meet their needs
  • The second is the development of a proactive and positive youth Guarantee that will help to ensure that every young person has access to a suitable place of learning post 16.


Local Arrangements

The YEPF Action Plan will require various internal council departments and external youth related organisations to work more collaboratively in a co-ordinated way. Schools and Training providers will have key roles and relationships with the Council to ensure schools and education provisions are effective, efficient and add value for money.

Careers Wales will play a vital role in supporting the early identification of young people who are deemed at risk pre-16 and be part of the tracking and support services for young people post 16. 


The Youth Service has a critical role in the provision of lead workers and support staff to be part of the intervention package for young people at risk of becoming NEET.

Lead Workers

Lead workers will have a direct relationship with the young person, being a consistent point of contact and support as they move forward and helping them to build and develop long term resilience they need to succeed in education, training and employment. They may be learning coaches, LSA’s, youth workers, Education Welfare Officers, voluntary sector or training provider workers.

The specific responsibilities associated with the lead worker role are: 

  • Named individual for a caseload of young people as agreed by their host organisation with the EPC and wider partnership
  • providing support directly to the young person to help build resilience and/or coordinating support from a range of other support services
  • acting as a champion for the young person to make sure they are getting the support they need
  • providing feedback on the progress of the young person to the EPC to enable an assessment of whether support is having the desired impact.

Lead workers will have access to details of a directory of provision, youth information services e-training, Career information, provider information and access to a monitoring and recording system.

Lead workers will meet regularly to share good practice and to look at current interventions and feedback on impacts and outcomes for young people.


Get in Touch

If you require further information about the team or projects please contact Nisha Shukla, Engagement and Progression Coordinator:


  • 01446 709457

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