; CLD Competences and Youth Work - Youth Work Essentials

The Community Learning and Development (CLD) Standards Council has developed a set of competences which describe the range of skills and knowledge that are expected of practitioners operating in all CLD settings including youth work.

These competences can be used as a guide to plan training and skills development for youth workers and volunteers.

As part of CLD Standards Council for Scotland’s Continuing Professional Development Strategy, the Council has developed a web-based framework called I-Develop to support creative and innovative learning and development for CLD practitioners.

The following table describes the CLD competences and shows how they relate to youth work practice for volunteers:

CLD competences How they relate to volunteers Volunteer induction sections
Know and understand the community in which we work. A priority for volunteers is getting to know who is involved in the youth group and how it is organised. This practical information needs to be set alongside a developing knowledge about youth work values, principles and practices.
Build and maintain relationships with individuals and groups. The need to establish relationships with young people and others involved in running the youth group is fundamental, and is the foundation for developing long term relationships and outcomes for young people.
Provide learning and development opportunities in a range of contexts. The provision of activities and programmes is a key tool for engaging with young people in youth groups and providing important learning opportunities.
Facilitate and promote community empowerment. An important youth work principle is that it is youth-led. This means that young people are actively involved in the planning and running of their youth group.
Organise and manage resources. Some volunteers may take on roles where they are involved in running the youth group, for example as part of the management committee.  All volunteers have a role and responsibility in implementing policy and procedures that protect young people and others in the youth group.
Develop and support collaborative working. Youth groups work best when young people, youth workers and volunteers work together. This also means networking and learning from other people or local organisations that can help.
Evaluate and inform practice. Youth work takes place in an environment of continuous learning, where individuals can develop and improve their practice through review and reflection, and where activities can be improved based on participant feedback and dialogue.

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