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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 28/12/2020 - 13:48

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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates


Forthcoming policy developments

Northern Ireland Executive

The Northern Ireland Executive reopened in January 2020, following a 3 year period of stalemate when Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA’s) failed to agree on forming an administration. 

This chapter presupposes maintenance of the status quo on issues of policy regardless of the state of the Northern Ireland Executive.

Updates on the situation will be posted to the UK Government’s Northern Ireland political stability document collection.


Ongoing debates


The global pandemic impacts youth services and youth work significantly. In Northern Ireland, Youth Online services enables young people aged 9 -25 years to access youth services remotely. More information available here

The Youth Restart programme provides organisational guidance and support based on the Northern Ireland (NI) Executive’s Pathway to Recovery, and is part of the wider Education Restart programme. The Education Restart Wellbeing fund was launched in November 2020, a £5million fund to help educational settings support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people has been launched today.

Coping with Change is a Personal Development Programme which provides an outline of a programme along with resources to support the return of young people to youth services.