The ‘Coventry Youth Partnership’ is a central hub which brings together deliverers of young people’s services in the city.
These services aim to work towards ‘youth work principles’, namely:
Young people’s voices are central to the provision offered to them. They can choose to attend a variety of services on a voluntary or referral basis, building a sense of autonomy and trust in practitioners that encourages engagement with further work where needed.
Provision is structured around the needs of young people locally, offering both universal, open-access provision wherever possible, with targeted support for those considered more at-risk, disadvantaged or with higher support needs.
2.Inclusivity, equality and diversity
Young people feel included in their local area and can access the support they need as they progress towards adulthood. No young person feels marginalised or isolated as a result of disability, sexuality, nationality, socioeconomic status, special educational needs, mental health issues, religion or any other characteristic.
The local youth offer helps to improve social mobility for young people from all backgrounds by offering support to develop the skills, knowledge and networks they need to access and take advantage of opportunities.
Young people are a valued and respected part of the community whose needs and wishes are considered equally with those of other groups. They are actively encouraged to participate in their communities and to enjoy opportunities in their local area without fear of judgement or negative stereotyping.
4. Quality, safety and well-being
Good quality services are provided by staff with appropriate safeguarding training, linked to a wider network of support, such as the Local Childrens Safeguarding Partnership.
This includes professionally qualified staff with the skills, expertise and competencies to support safe, quality services with appropriate levels and types of intervention. The youth offer helps to keep young people safe and supports their mental, emotional and physical health, improves their social and economic wellbeing, and makes sure they can access education, non-formal learning and recreation.
Services empower young people to progress their ambitions and engage in employment, education and training, and to take an active role in their local communities. Activities provided by CYP partners offer new and challenging experiences for young people and are the foundation for youth workers to build positive relationships with young people.
Young people are listened to and can make positive demonstrable changes to their communities, and understand how to
engage with the democratic process.
Services are strengths-based and focus on developing the skills and attributes of young people, rather than attempting to ‘fix a problem’.