Thursday, 5 December 2019
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
333. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the status of the implementation of the national quality standards framework for youth projects and services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50722/19]
The National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) is primarily a support and development tool for youth work. It provides a structured framework for organisations to assess, indicate and enhance their work and supports organisations to articulate their youth work practice using a common language.
The NQSF operates on a 3-yearly cycle and was introduced nationally on a phased and incremental basis commencing in September 2010. Support and guidance for local youth work services is provided by the local Education and Training Board (ETB) Youth/Liaison Officer. National youth work organisations will be supported by a NQSF Standards Officer.
NQSF for Youth Work is currently being considered in the context of the new Targeted Youth Funding Scheme.