Cardiff Youth Service has been awarded the Quality Mark for Youth Work (QMYW) in Wales, receiving the silver award.
Governed by the Education Workforce Council (EWC), the QMYW is a national award which supports and recognises improving standards in the provision and performance of organisations that deliver youth work services.
Cardiff Council’s Cabinet Member for Tackling Poverty and Supporting Young People, Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “In achieving the silver Quality Mark for Youth Work award, Cardiff Youth Services have demonstrated the promotion of inclusive practice, celebrating equality and diversity and planned provision to meet the needs of young people. The accreditation followed self-assessment against a set of quality standards and passing an external assessment.
“The award recognises that Cardiff Youth Service is underpinned by a sound range of policies and makes a positive impact on young people’s lives, enabling them to learn and develop personal and social skills. It commends the delivery of services by an appropriately experienced and qualified workforce who involve young people in decision-making.
“Our Youth Services continue their commitment to improving the breath and quality of support provided to young people throughout Cardiff and youth workers’ understanding of the support young people require helps shape the activities and opportunities made available to them. Positive relationships at a local level between staff and young people are key.”
Speaking on behalf of the assessment team, Education Workforce Council Development Officer for the Quality Mark for Youth Work, Andrew Borsden said “The QMYW assessors were really impressed with Cardiff Youth Service being an active part of Cardiff’s Child Friendly City status.
“The participation of young people in planning activities, and in leadership roles was very encouraging. They also noted that the use of digital technologies was inspirational and very creative.
“Congratulations to the whole team on this well-deserved award.”
For more information about the QMYW, including how your organisation can apply, visit The Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales (ewc.wales)