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Youth Work in Wales Conference 2017 – Quality Youth Work

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The Youth Work Conference was held in Cardiff on Monday 27 March 2017.


To support our young people to improve their life chances, high quality youth work has a crucial role to play. Through informal and non-formal educational approaches, effective youth work practice builds young peoples capacity and resilience, supports them to gain confidence, develop self-assurance and have the opportunity to establish high expectations and aspirations for themselves.

The 2017 conference focused on quality youth work provision for young people.

Key speakers and topics included:

  • Alun Davies AM, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language
  • Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales
  • Graeme Tiffany
  • Hayden Llewellyn, The Education Workforce Council (EWC)
  • Young People’s Panel.

Workshops included:

  • Graeme Tiffany – Thinking philosophically, and practically, about ‘quality’ youth work
  • Lucy Maynard, Head of Research, Centre for Youth Impact – The relationship between quality and impact
  • Tim Frew, YouthLink Scotland – Developing sector-led youth work outcomes 
  • Atkin Associates – The Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales
  • EWC – The Registration of Youth and Youth Support Workers.