Volunteer accreditation scheme proposed

The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services has asked the Department for Children, Schools and Families to fund an accreditation scheme for volunteer youth workers.

Under the scheme, volunteers would need to submit a portfolio demonstrating that they had achieved the required level of training and practical work experience. Each volunteer would then be awarded a certificate, warrant or card that identifies him or her as a recognised volunteer youth worker.

The proposal has been made in response to the DCSF’s plans to regulate and licence the youth workforce. The NCVYS opposes the plan because it argues it would discourage volunteers.

“Instead of restricting what a volunteer can do, we are proposing to reward achievement and incentivise volunteers to take up training and professional development opportunities,” the NCVYS’s proposal reads.

The proposal asks the department to commission a scoping and feasibility study of the scheme and provide funding for a pilot. The document says the NCVYS will map the training provision that is currently provided by its members for volunteers and other youth workers.

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