The Boards of the Association, Faculty and Society have agreed this joint statement on the current virus situation.  'It is the responsibility of all practitioners
registered with us to use their own professional judgement based on information received from Government, Health Service staff, General and Complemetary health practitioner and others as to their best course of action.  Working with colleagues, customers and students those in leadership and managerial positions in colleges, schools, universities and youth services should do 'that which is right' in their judgement and document that position.  This will often be in agreement with colleagues but health and safety needs to be paramount.

In general the joint boards are in agreement with the statement of the National Education Union who we support on principle and is shown below.

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EMVY Regional RELOAD event 2019 - Friday 17th May 2019, Nottingham CVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

The EMVY Regional RELOAD event will take place on Friday 17th May 2019 at Nottingham CVS.

The annual event brings together, informs and challenges organisations that work with young people.  Book your place now.


  • registration and networking from 9.30-10.15am - get to know your EMVY colleagues over tea, coffee and Vimto!
  • formal agenda commences 10.15am
  • Welcome: Chair of EMVY Prof. Charles Shaw, Young Lincolnshire and Director LYA/YDA
  • Strength in the East Midlands: One East Midlands - an update on work to support infrastructure and policy
  • Youth Workforce Wellbeing Survey results:  Maureen O'Callaghan and Ian Tannahill
  • Young & Successful - an evaluation of the Youth Programme Talent Match: Richard Hazledine - One East Midlands and Connectmore Solutions
  • .The All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs:  Members of the APPG team
  •  Knife Crime an opportunity to discuss: lead by  Alistair Langton and others
  •  IN DEFENCE OF YOUTH WORK presentation: Bernard Davies - IDYW
  • Uk Youth, NABGC, CVYS England update: some key opportunities and contacts in the current position of support to organisations Michael Whiting, Andy Hammill and others
  • Projects Showcase: an opportunity for your organisation to inform
  • summary, lunch and networking from 1.15-2.00pm

For more details and to book your place, please follow this link to the online booking form.


This Friday and Saturday at BGU      

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) is set to host the 4th ‘Team 4 Learning’ event, an international conference dedicated to fostering and supporting young entrepreneurs.

Taking place over the 8th and 9th of February at BGU, the ‘Team 4 Learning’ conference is a collaborative event for existing and budding entrepreneurs. Attendees will have the opportunity to make exciting international connections along with discovering new ways of developing both their skills and their businesses.

Speakers at the event include guests from Finland and Australia along with local entrepreneurs and representatives from the TEDx programme. A range of networking events in addition to tours of Lincoln will also be available to delegates.

The entire event has been designed and project managed by students from the BA (Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) programme who attended the previous conference, held in the Finnish city of Jyvaskyla, the birth place of the Team Academy Initiative last year.

The conference is open to commercial businesses as well as entrepreneurs. You can find a full event programme and information on how to book your place at this exciting conference at the official conference website.

STBE Welcomes Government Initiative!

Communities Secretary announces a new competition to enable those individuals with low levels of spoken English to fulfil their potential.

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In a speech hosted by British Future and the Policy Exchange, setting out the government’s continued commitment to promoting integration, the Secretary of State expressed how learning English should be a priority because too many people are closed off from, and unable to participate in, their communities because of a lack of literacy.

In the past there has been the tendency to pay for interpreters, or translate documents into foreign languages, for those with no or extremely poor language skills. This undermines community integration and encourages segregation. Today, in 5% of households no one speaks English as their main language.

The government is therefore launching a new competition to back innovative and creative ways of delivering community-based English language programmes that will help to integrate participants into their local communities and also offer financial benefits.

While English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses provide an excellent service and help a lot of people, the nature of many English language courses means that a significant proportion of non-English speaking residents are not accessing this tuition, even when they are eligible for a fee reduction.

Often these courses are not suited to their needs. They may be held in large further education colleges without childcare facilities and too far from home, which can create an intimidating and impractical learning environment.

The government wants to support those missing out by uncovering new ways to teach basic conversational English to people in areas facing significant language barriers and integration challenges. This can increase the opportunity for people to take part in their communities, mix with neighbours from different backgrounds and help move them towards employment.

Community groups, charitable organisations and businesses are invited to enter the competition and say how they would go about providing English language programmes that will reach those groups and teach not only English skills, but give learners the confidence to aspire to their full potential in British society. Ideas on how these programmes could be sustained over the longer term to help more people who need this support are also being sought.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

Learning English is a passport to prosperity, Britain misses out and our country is poorer if people can’t speak our language. Improved English language skills can allow people to interact with their local communities, make friends, gain employment and increase their self-confidence.

This competition will allow local communities to tailor language services to suit the needs of their area and give people the power to improve their circumstances and climb the social ladder.

We don’t want people to cease being proud of their roots or lose touch with their culture, but learning English should take priority.

Further information

Details of the competition are available in the Community-based English language prospectus.

The competition will take the form of a 2 stage process. In the first stage entrants will be asked to submit an expression of interest setting out in brief terms their ideas as to how they would implement their solutions of how to provide English language support to:

  • reach those groups with the lowest levels of English language skills and in particular women within these communities
  • work in those areas of England with high demand for this type of English language support
  • design a project which can be sustained past the point when government funding is available and which has the potential to be scaled up for implementation across a wider geographical area

The competition is targeted at those most in need who may not have accessed English language tuition in the past. We want projects to reach those:

  • with no, or a very basic command of, English
  • not eligible for mainstream ESOL support, as delivered via the Skills Funding Agency (therefore not in employment or actively seeking employment)
  • resident in areas with high levels of need for English language provision
  • aged 19 and above

A second prospectus will be published in early 2013 for stage 2.

We envisage that up to 4 successful bids will receive a share of up to £6 million of funding to help turn their ideas into reality.

The Secretary of State’s speech was hosted by British Future and the Policy Exchange.

In the 2011 census data, 5% of households do not contain an adult with English as a main language



STBE - YDA Chairs developed.

Further to the working of the Joint Boards and the advice received from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and the further soundings taken through other professional bodies and higher education institutions the
Executive moved forward the resolution to create working professors in the same historic growth pattern as followed by colleges and polytechnics but with the honorary and voluntary background as with Gresham and College of
Teachers (formerley preceptors) professors.
There is continuouse work on this and candidates will be drawn from the Fellowship and will be formerley announced in the news section and then moved to the committees and officers section under development.  Initially there
will be one then three such chairs.
Commerce and the Community
Voluntary and Community Sector Development
Training Services Practice
The Chairs will have an important role to play in the development of STBE-YDA and the Faculty and in working with other organisations on initiatives such as awarding body development.  They will also act as ambassadors for
Commercial and Community Education.

Members of the Fellowship.

Fellows of STBE, FTCom and YDA who wish to be considered for the above development should write in confidence to main office marking the envelope 'for the assessment panel - professors'.   The Panel will approach individuals
thereafter for further information as required and provide the necessary specification which will be later published in the Journal and/or website.




No right to legal representation in disciplinary hearing

STBE and YDA call for major legislative reform to correct the injustice in employment or protection legislation!!!!!!!!!!!!  ALL WORKERS IN ALL EMPLOYMENT SHOULD BE MARCHING ON THIS - ORGANISATIONS LIKE UNISON SHOULD BE FIGHTING TO CORRECT THIS ARE THEY ? IS CYWU IN GMB STANDING UP AGAINST INJUSTICE!


In a recent case the Supreme Court held, by majority, that there was no right to legal representation in a disciplinary hearing where dismissal was likely to lead to a referral to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

Please follow this link to the full article

For further information, please contact:

JANE KLAUBER on 020 8394 6483,

DEBORAH NATHAN on 020 8394 6437,








YDA and STBE back Government Changes.

Director of STBEYDA Charles Shaw said that is the changes are as indicated below we warmly welcome this as a victory for common sense and civil liberty - the activity of the
precious Labour Government was reprehensible and repressive and allowed people to missinterpret Child and Vulnerable Adults vetting in a little hitler way so as to give them powers over people that they were never meant to have.  There was also a lot of deliberate and/or misguided interpretation which had to be unravelled time and time again.
What we have to build is a Society which is Fair and Just within a 'Framework of legal
safety' NOT a Society which is Controlled so that outcomes can be acheived by restricting freedom as was the case with the Socialist Model.  The re-building of a liberal society is of vital importance for the health of the nation.

Government to radically scale back vetting and barring scheme

Governance | Vibeka Mair | 11 Feb 2011
Topics: Volunteering

The government plans to change the vetting and barring scheme (VBS) so a large portion of people working or volunteering with vulnerable groups will no longer have to register with the VBS and be continuously monitored.

Now, only those working closely and who have regular contact with children and vulnerable adults need to register with the scheme and undergo Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks.

The government estimates the plans will free around nine million people from the scheme.

The news has been welcomed by many charities which have warned that too much red tape around working with children and vulnerable adults would deter people from volunteering.

Barnardo’s chief executive Anne Marie Carrie said:

"This is a victory for common sense.  There is already enough safeguarding in place for people who have unsupervised, substantial access to children.  This approach will make it easier for grandparents, parents and neighbours, who should be able to play an important role in a child’s life, without unnecessary red tape“No system will ever entirely protect children. Employers will need to be supported to establish systems which will regularly check staff and volunteers who have substantial unsupervised access to children.  However they shouldn’t feel the onus is on them entirely, safeguarding is everybody’s business.”

The proposals, which come after a comprehensive review of the existing system which was halted last year, include:

• merging the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority to form a streamlined new body providing a proportionate barring and criminal records checking service

• a large reduction in the number of positions requiring checks. Only those working closely and regularly with children and vulnerable adults will need them

• portability of criminal records checks between jobs to cut down on needless bureaucracy

• a end to a requirement for those working or volunteering with vulnerable groups to register with the VBS and then be continuously monitored

• stopping employers who knowingly request criminal records checks on individuals who are not entitled to them

The government will also keep the scope of CRB checks under review to ensure that they are not putting people off volunteering.

Necessary changes in law will be included in the Protection of Freedoms Bill. Subject to parliamentary approval, the Bill is expected to become law by early 2012.

The new regime would be introduced as soon as possible after this.

Directory: Barnardo's
Who's Who: Anne Marie Carrie

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Think-tank Civitas has called on government to scrap the vetting and barring scheme, which is currently under review, calling it a 'paedophile test' which creates an atmosphere of suspicion that increases the risks to children and damages relations between generations.

In June, shortly after the coalition government gained power, Home Secretary Theresa May decided to halt and review the vetting and barring scheme which was due to come into force this year.

The results of the review are due to be published shortly. In anticipation, Civitas has released a report Licensed to Hug which insists that government must get rid of vetting and barring, calling it a costly distraction and damaging to adults and children.

“The logical consequence of demanding that some adults need to 'pass the paedophile test',” the report says, “is to set up an expectation that other adults, organising play dates or giving children lifts in their car, should have their motives similarly scrutinised.”

Instead of vetting and barring, Civitas says government should adopt a radical new approach which recognises that the healthy interaction between generations enriches children’s lives:

“Perhaps the worst thing about the current vetting procedure is that it doesn't guarantee that children will be safe with a particular adult,” says the report.  “All it tells us is that the adult has not been convicted of an offence in the past. Employers might even feel that they had fulfilled their obligations by paying for a CRB check and lower their guard.

“Rather than creating an atmosphere of fear and suspicion based on the assumption that the majority of adults have predatory attitudes towards children, we should encourage greater openness and more frequent contact between the generations.”


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Pauline Cooper
28 Sep 2010

I wholeheartedly agree. While it is undeniable that the damage caused by truly vile people, and not just men by the way, who abuse children, we must end this hysteria that any stranger is a danger. As adults are we not supposed to be able to use our own judgement and not rely on the rhymes we once told our children who were less capable of protecting themselves?
It's absolutely abhorent to me that my husband can walk down the street with our child and have onlookers question why they are together. We need to learn to trust. Save the extreme measures and bureaucracy for the real threats.



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Created: 26/01/11 17:31

Education Select Committee

Susanne Rauprich, NCVYS Chief Executive today gave oral evidence to the Education Select Committee alongside other leading figures from the voluntary and community youth sector.

The committee of MPs was taking evidence as part of its review of youth services. NCVYS was invited as a witness to provide oral evidence alongside a written submission presented earlier in the year. Susanne was joined by Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency, Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive of UK Youth and Liam Preston, Young Chair of the British Youth Council.

Alongside the other witnesses, Susanne spoke to the committee about the challenges facing youth services in the current strained financial climate, the role that voluntary organisations can play in commissioning, the practice of training people working and how to measure best practice within England and in comparison with other European countries.

Discussing the importance of training and accrediting the voluntary youth sector, Susanne told the committee,

“The youth sector workforce is incredibly diverse. Whilst the majority of youth services are run, delivered and developed by volunteers, they are supported by a range of other people. What we have to have in place is a workforce which really provide opportunities for all sorts of people and they need to be trained in different ways depending on the function that they provide.”

You can watch the video on the Education Committee’s website here

For more information on this story, please contact the NCVYS press officer Ross Bailey on 0207 843 6471 or email

28/01/11 - This article has now been updated with a Statement by

YDA gives its view on the Education Select Committee 


The YDA Believes that there should be a full review of the NYA and the funds for this removed and given to voluntary youth sector support agencies who can prove that they are wholly independent and in the voluntary sector not local authority or other public sectors. YDA believes that the work done by NCVYS and UK Youth is of a higher standard and more relevant than that of the NYA which is jargon led and has lost touch with ordinary people.

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