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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.2 Administration and governance of youth work

Last update: 27 January 2021


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2.    Cross-sectoral cooperation



Main actors

The Minister for Education within the Welsh Government is responsible for the implementation of the  Youth Work Strategy.

However, youth work makes a valuable contribution to other Ministerial portfolios (see page 23-24 of Strategy) Other ministerial portfolios which have an impact on youth work include the Minister for Social Services and Public Health and the Minister for Education.

Organisations such as the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), the Education Workforce Council (EWC), Education Training Standards (ETS) Wales, and Estyn are also active in youth work policy development and implementation. 

It should also be noted that local authorities (LAs) have a legal duty under the Learning and Skills Act 2000 to provide, secure the provision of, or participate in, the provision of youth support services such as youth work.

General distribution of responsibilities

Key stakeholders and young people support Welsh Ministers to implement the National Youth Work Strategy.

The Youth Work Strategy explains the appointment of an Interim Youth Work Board for a period of 2 years to provide leadership and advice and support the development of this strategy. At the end of its tenure, the Board make recommendations on a future model for youth work.

The Strategy asks statutory and Third Sector (voluntary) youth work organisations to work in partnership to provide both open access and targeted provision. It expects local authorities to work positively and collaboratively with Third Sector organisations to help ensure that the provision of youth work meets local needs and that best use is being made of available resources. The outcome of successful partnership working should be reduced duplication and more resilient services.

Cross-sectoral cooperation

There are no established frameworks to ensure cooperation between all youth work stakeholders in Wales.