Symposium: Exploring Outcomes in Youth Work and Related Provision

Date: 24 July, 2012
Time: 9.30 – 5.00 (followed by a Networking Event in Dublin Castle from 5.00 – 7.00) 
Location: Main Conference Hall, Dublin Castle
The Youth Affairs Unit (YAU) of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs is working in partnership with the Centre for Effective Services (CES) to enhance linkages with evidence-informed practice to ensure that youth work and related practice provision in Ireland is of high quality and is focused on achieving optimal outcomes. This work involves bringing together a wide range of people with an interest in this topic to discuss Exploring Outcomes in Youth Work and Related Provision at a Symposium to be held on 24 July 2012.
Purpose of the Symposium 
The Symposium will explore issues in relation to emerging findings from an international literature review (commissioned by CES on behalf of YAU) undertaken by the Institute of Education, London, which maps the research literature in relation to youth development.
The Symposium will provide an opportunity:
  1. For practitioners and managers of young people’s services, academics, researchers and others to share experience and learning with each other in relation to the three topic areas.
  2. For participants to reflect on their own practice in light of the inputs from the speakers.
  3. For the considerations of the participants to inform the development of the Youth Policy Framework.
Keynote Speakers
Three speakers will address current and future challenges to youth work and related provision, with reference to themes emerging from the international literature review.
  1. Issues in focusing on outcomes in youth work and related provision - Dr. John Bamber, Centre for Effective Services.
  2. Current and emerging issues and trends in youth work practice and related provision - Dr. Dana Fusco, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, York College, City University of New York.
  3. Exploring issues in measurement and accountability in youth work and related provision - Dr. Dale Blyth, Associate Dean for Youth Development and Director of the Youth Work Institute, University of Minnesota Extension.
Afternoon workshops will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on the morning’s themes and share learning with regard to practice and related issues.
Target Audience 
The primary target audience for the Symposium is front line and senior practitioners and managers in services for young people from across the public and voluntary sectors in Ireland. Other groups include academics, researchers, and other functions supporting practice such as human resources specialists, trainers, and consultants.
Please note that there is no charge for this event.

Please contact Breda Ryan with any queries.
9 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: + 353(0) 1 4160500