Young people who take part in social action, or “practical action in the service of others”, deserve to have the knowledge, skills and experience they develop recognised and valued.
As such, in the summer of 2012 the Prime Minister announced an independent review into youth social action, conducted by Dame Julia Cleverdon and Amanda Jordan OBE. One of the key recommendations of their interim report, “In the Service of Others,”was the need for a quality framework to enhance understanding and recognition of youth social action.
A Framework Advisory Group, a selection of representatives across the voluntary, business and education sectors, was brought together to advise and consider how a quality framework for youth social action across sectors could be created. The Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) and The Young Foundation led this work.
The slides detail the key outputs from this piece of work, including a definition of social action; a set of principles which define great youth social action; and an outcomes framework to capture the double benefit that young people create through youth social action.
The accompanying paper offers an overview of the three key elements that make the Quality Framework, namely: the definition of social action; the set of principles which define great youth social action; and the key outcomes that are created as result of youth social action.