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Title: Critical issues in the provision of youth work for young disabled people


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Critical issues in the provision of youth work
for young disabled people
  • Discussion materials
  • Issue 3
  • Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
    achievement

Ofsteds discussion materials Youth work
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About this resource
  • This resource is based on a thematic survey of
    the provision of youth work for young disabled
    people carried out in 2012. It contains summary
    findings of each of the four critical issues
    identified in the survey.
  • Each of the four packs suggests specific
    questions for discussion. These are of course not
    exhaustive, but it is hoped that youth work
    commissioners and their partners will use the
    questions as prompts to evaluate the services
    they currently provide for young disabled people.
    This may lead to identifying and sharing good
    practice, as well as priorities for improvement.
  • You can take the issues in any order and spend as
    long as you like on each one. However, we suggest
    that at some stage you find time to look at all
    four.
  • Link to the key findings of the survey
    www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/130018.

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Overview of the discussion materials
  • These materials look at the scope, reach and
    nature of the provision and the four issues
    considered in the survey
  • Issue 1 Enjoyment and learning curriculum
    structure and design
  • Issue 2 The benefits of youth work
  • Issue 3 Managing disabled young peoples
    engagement and achievement
  • Issue 4 Youth workers and other practitioners
    professional matters
  • Link for the materials on the other three issues
    www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/130018.

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Scope of the survey
  • HMI carried out visits to 18 providers of youth
    work that were specifically selected because they
    worked with young disabled people.
  • Providers included local authorities charities
    voluntary and community sector organisations.
  • These comprised
  • projects with a specialist focus working
    primarily with
  • young people with a particular disability
  • clubs that targeted a broader non-specific range
    of
  • disabled young people
  • integrated provision where disabled and
    non-disabled
  • young people met together.

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Survey findings
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Survey findings (1)
  • Inspectors identified some very effective youth
    work for disabled young people. However, the
    quality of this work varied too much across the
    sample of local authorities visited.
  • Inspectors found that the youth work offer for
    disabled young people was inconsistent across the
    sample of local authorities visited.
  • The pattern of provision seen was largely
    historical, often including a portfolio of
    inherited clubs, centres and programmes
    originally founded by parents, support groups or
    youth workers.
  • Overall participation rates were low and those
    young people not known to services, and who would
    benefit from the opportunities and support that
    youth work affords, were clearly less well
    served.

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Survey findings (2)
  • There are no national data to show the extent to
    which disabled young people participate in youth
    work. A lack of regional or national comparative
    data inhibits planning.
  • Disabled minority ethnic young people and their
    families accessed youth work provision less
    frequently than White British groups.

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Raising the challenge issues for consideration
by practitioners and managersManaging disabled
young
Issue 3
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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings strategic planning
(1)
  • There was an obvious and collective desire on the
    part of the local authorities and their partners
    to extend and improve provision, but strategic
    oversight and planning were less evident.
  • Targeting of youth work was giving work with
    disabled young people a level of priority, but
    the majority of local authorities visited
    struggled in relation to strategic planning as it
    affects youth work provision.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings strategic planning
(2)
  • There was often a lack of clarity about
    commissioning and, in a few instances fundamental
    decisions had yet to be taken about overall
    commissioning strategies.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings building on
national policy (1)
  • The Aiming High for Disabled Children policy
    had often enabled a growth of short breaks and
    respite care for disabled children and young
    people and strengthened parental influence and
    the notion of entitlement to services.
  • In one area, the Aiming High legacy was in the
    form of a network which had a reputation for
    quality and enjoyed the confidence of parents and
    carers. The network was supported by skilled and
    specialist staff promoting a wide variety of
    sport, leisure and cultural activities
    one-to-one support to enable disabled young
    people to access services and training to
    enhance the skills of staff and volunteers within
    voluntary organisations.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings building on
national policy (2)
  • Despite the virtues of short breaks there were
    instances where programmes were put in place with
    too little choice, or consultation with young
    people.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings partnerships (1)
  • The most effective local areas visited were
    successfully capitalising on the differing but
    complementary contributions of statutory services
    and the more generic, non-statutory services
    provided by voluntary and charitable
    organisations or the local authority youth
    service.
  • Good strategic arrangements between education and
    social care were also creating links to
    vocational and training opportunities and
    information, advice and guidance this meant that
    resources could be better deployed at points of
    transition in a young disabled persons life,
    such as when leaving school.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings partnerships (2)
  • Where contributions were being maximised, senior
    local authority managers communicated the impact
    of involvement in youth activities on young
    peoples well-being, and acknowledged the work in
    strategic plans. The effect of this was to
    encourage more meaningful and creative links at
    local level between various agencies and
    charities.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings integration and
inclusion (1)
  • Inspectors saw good examples of specific
    inclusion policies and where integration of
    disabled and non-disabled young people was based
    on self-referral and not upon the application of
    labels such as disability.
  • However, a considered policy often oiled the
    wheels of the interlinked and increasingly
    interdependent roles of the voluntary, community
    and charitable sectors and mainstream
    employability programmes.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings integration and
inclusion (2)
  • Most of the providers of open access youth work
    seen claimed to accommodate the needs of disabled
    young people as part of their core work such as
    youth clubs, but few succeeded fully. Where this
    was more successful, staff had the specialist
    skills required to support the complexities and
    barriers faced by young disabled people.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey features integration and
inclusion (3)
  • Further features of effective planning and
    curricula included
  • good integration where young people worked
    together on set tasks over a defined period
  • unobtrusive support from specialist staff
  • designing group work and other tasks which
    accommodated the learning needs of young people
    with particular difficulties and charted their
    progress
  • regular attendance and managing the
    practicalities of travel to and from activities
    for disabled young people
  • the full support of a host, for instance the
    young persons special school or indeed parents,
    to give the particular youth activity validity as
    a learning and social experience.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings integration and
inclusion (4)
  • Evidence gathered through survey visits pointed
    to the fact that minority ethnic groups accessed
    activities less frequently than White British
    groups.
  • Moreover, there were too few examples where
    active consideration was given to the unmet needs
    of minority ethnic young disabled people. Many of
    the areas visited recognised weaknesses in this
    respect.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings integration and
inclusion (5)
  • In the more informed examples an Aiming High
    worker was linking with families with a view to
    understanding and tackling the factors that can
    militate against minority ethnic young disabled
    people accessing youth groups.
  • Buddying and mentoring opportunities between
    non-disabled and disabled young people helped the
    latter develop greater confidence, eventually
    making the transition from targeted to integrated
    youth settings.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings a planning role
for the local authority (1)
  • External partners to youth services such as
    schools and colleges stressed the essential
    nature of the skills and experiences they
    witnessed young people gaining through their
    association with youth work.
  • Examples of effective strategies employed by
    youth services and their partners to attract and
    engage disabled young people included a county
    policy which set a minimum level of service for
    youth work activities across each of seven areas.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings a planning role
for the local authority (2)
  • Further examples of effective strategies employed
    by youth services and their partners to attract
    and engage disabled young people included
  • disabled young people having access to provision
    at set times in the week
  • investing in youth workers located in special
    schools to strategically link and extend the
    school curriculum with good-quality
    community-based activities
  • supporting young peoples voice mechanisms in
    local politics and government and in representing
    peers.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings ensuring a role
for the voluntary, community and charitable
sectors (1)
Successful aspects of work supported by the
voluntary, community and charitable sectors
identified by inspectors included the business
planning and development capacity and expertise
seen in larger charities, which were able to
engage with local authorities in the scoping and
delivery of commissioned services.
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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings ensuring a role
for the voluntary, community and charitable
sectors (2)
  • Further examples of successful work supported by
    the voluntary, community and charitable sectors
    identified by inspectors included
  • the high degree of independence of the national
    charities, where youth work formed an element of
    their overall educational, support, campaigning
    and advocacy brief
  • the opportunities that had been developed in
    supported employment, campaigning, foreign travel
    and bespoke training for adult volunteers that
    were also linked to relevant accreditation
    schemes.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Survey findings ensuring a role
for the voluntary, community and charitable
sectors (3)
  • Challenges faced by voluntary, community and
    charitable sectors involved in youth work for
    disabled young people included
  • managing budgets and creating responsive
    governance arrangements
  • strategic planning, especially for organisations
    with few partner agencies
  • ensuring that the specialist expertise in
    disabilities offered was matched by sufficient
    experience in youth work to maximise young
    peoples learning, enjoyment and attendance
  • ensuring that staff had sufficient skills in
    group work to provide an imaginative and varied
    curriculum.

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Overview
Despite, therefore, an overall positive picture,
inspectors found a number of critical issues
which shaped the nature and quality of young
peoples learning and engagement and affected the
reach of provision. In many cases the capacity
to tackle some of these issues is within the gift
of front-line workers and managers other issues
are strategy- , policy- and funding-related.
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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Critical issues discussion points
(1)
  • The report highlights the need for strong senior
    strategic leadership in ensuring a role for youth
    work. It also states that improvement is within
    the gift of middle managers and practitioners.
    Are there good examples where this is the case?
  • Are specialist workers being deployed to support
    youth work ?

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Managing disabled young peoples engagement and
achievement Critical issues discussion points
(2)
  • What processes are in place to identify unmet
    needs, particularly in respect of minority ethnic
    young people?
  • Does quality assurance help workers get better at
    what they do?
  • How sensitive is your open access work to the
    complex needs of disabled young people?  

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Conclusion
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Conclusion
  • We hope you have found this resource helpful in
    promoting improvement in youth work for young
    disabled people.
  • Good practice case studies
  • We welcome comments on this training resource.
    Please write to enquiries_at_ofsted.gov.uk and
    ensure that you put Ofsteds discussion
    materials Youth work in the subject box of your
    email.

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