ESB Annual Report 2018/9


This year has been quite busy with more Recognition programmes running in the North East. Our work to endorse programmes remains core area of work, we are involved more with the dual validation of Youth and Community Development programmes with the NYA through their ETS committee. We continue to be active members of the ETS and contribute to their development and updating work. Board members have continued to be involved with the Local Trust research and with PALCYW, otherwise known as TAG – the group representing lecturers running youth and community work programmes. Through this work we  make a substantial difference to the programmes being offered to people interested I a CD approach to their work in communities. We welcomed some new people who are getting involved in the work of ESB, especially around the idea of running regional workshops or working within specific area such as housing.

Read more: ESB Annual Report 2018/9

Validation of Professional Youth Work Programmes

ETS and NYA have been conducting a review of the requirements that underpin the validation of professional youth work programmes in England. Given the challenging circumstances for both the youth work field and the institutions delivering programmes, it was felt to be timely to reflect on the clarity and relevance of requirements and consider how our validation processes align to and support wider institutional review activity. There is also work to review NYA and ETS approaches, quality assurance and support to programmes.

A copy of the revised guidance which remains in a draft format and contains some explanatory narrative to assist in this consultation can be downloaded here. A survey monkey form has been created to aid the gathering of feedback to ensure all comments are captured:

We are keen for as many of our stakeholders to respond as possible as this really helps inform the final version with confidence that we have met the aim of the review to produce clear and concise guidance  that continues to support robust professional formation whilst being accommodating to the changes and challenges within the sector.

Please could all comments be shared by the 4th July.

Localis: Place matters: How communities in England are changing

This report from neo-localist think tank Localis outlines some of the key trends shaping three distinct communities (market and new towns, urban north and rural communities) now and, in the future.

"Four times a year, figures outlining the country’s economic performance are published. Sometimes the bulletins bring good news, sometimes they bring bad news, yet national measures matter little when they seem out of step with local circumstance. In Sheffield, for instance, the economy has in recent years had a similar trajectory to Greece’s. Questions of national GDP are of little significance in a place that has faced a decade-long recession..." Read more of this report on the Local trust website

All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs

The National Youth Agency (NYA) is delighted to support the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs (APPG) to lead a full national inquiry into youth work. As the national body for youth work NYA is working hard to champion our profession and to constantly highlight the need for youth work. The NYA is grateful to the cross party group of MP’s who will lead this inquiry and special thanks also to the APPG secretariat British Youth Council and YMCA England and Wales for supporting this endeavour.

The inquiry is seeking to address the following four points:

1. What is the role of youth work in addressing the needs and opportunities for young people?

2. Are the key issues and challenges faced by young people being addressed by current youth service provisions?

3. Are there sufficient youth workers to support youth services and other delivery models for good quality youth work?

4. What are the training and workforce development needs to secure and sustain youth work?

The inquiry is being launched today by the Chairman of the APPG, Lloyd Russell-Moyle with the NYA. The NYA is calling on the youth sector to respond passionately and comprehensively to our call for evidence. Evidence can be submitted to the inquiry team via the NYA’s website:

We will be supporting the sector to submit as much evidence as possible to enable the cross-party group of MP’s to draw conclusions. The APPG MP’s will also be conducting a number of hearings and visits to youth projects across the country. Organisations can nominate themselves for an MP visit via the link above also.


Local Trust Blog: Gang Violence & Communities

A community development approach to empowering communities affected by gang violence

ESB know that gang violence is something both participants and staff on our endorsed courses are facing in their work. In this blog from Local Trust Big Local reps offer four key ways community development approaches can help empower communities affected by these issues. We are living in times where turbulence is the new norm and parts of our communities feel increasingly pressured by everyday life. There is a growing lack of trust between communities and agencies, exacerbating feelings of insecurity and isolation. In addition, there has been a withdrawal of local services, and a growing gap between ‘decision makers’ and those whom decisions are impacted on. Read the blog article here

For aperspective of how one community in London is becoming empowered by tackling issues around children and young people at risk of knife crime and gang violence here is a blog about East Finchley from one of their Big Local reps: Empowering communities: a Big Local perspective