Publish Date: 1st March 2020
The Education Authority (EA) Regional Youth Development Plan for 2020 – 2023 outlines the key targets to be achieved by the Education Authority Youth Service, based on the Regional Assessment of Need 2020-2023 and in accordance with the Department of Education (DE) Policy.
The Department of Education’s policy for youth work is set out in detail in Priorities for Youth – “Improving young people’s lives through Youth Work”, published in October 2013. The policy document (PfY) provides the strategic direction and overall framework for the future delivery of DE funded youth services.
One of the key actions required within PfY is the development of a Regional Youth Development Plan (RYDP). This has been developed following publication of the Regional Assessment of Need 2017 – 2020, and consultation with the Regional Advisory Group (RAG) and with representatives of Local Advisory Groups (LAG) including a significant number of young people at a RAG/LAG conference held on 11th March 2017. Further consultation took place with Regional Voluntary Youth Organisations and their constituent groups providing additional information at a RAG meeting on 23rd March 2017.
The RYDP is a 3 year, strategic Regional Plan, responding to assessed need and focused on outcomes to address the priorities and actions identified in PfY.
Area plans are designed to reflect the priorities established in the RYDP and are the key drivers in meeting need particular to local areas. Area Plans are informed by a local assessment of need, including local consultation, and will deliver on both strategic and local outcomes.