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Ruane launches Review of Youth Services

9 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has called on all those with an interest in the youth sector to contribute their views on the future shape of youth provision.

The minister was speaking as she launched the first phase of formal engagement on the development of the "Priorities for Youth" - the future strategy for the development of the sector. Young people, youth workers and those with an interest in youth work will have the opportunity to influence the priority areas for youth over the next few years.

Ms Ruane said:

"The youth service plays an important role in ensuring that young people have access to a range of positive activities that can contribute to their individual learning and achievement. It is therefore essential that we identify the priority policy areas where the youth service should focus.

"To achieve this, we must listen to the views of children and young people and ask them to tell us how they think services should be shaped. It is also essential that the views of youth workers, volunteers and other practitioners working at the front line with children and young people are heard.

"I am keen that all those with an interest in this important work have the opportunity to put forward their views. That is why we will be sending a questionnaire to a wide range of people and organisations involved in services for young people.

"I want to hear as many ideas as possible on the way forward and would encourage all stakeholders to put their views forward."

Anyone who does not receive a questionnaire but wishes to contribute their ideas can do so by downloading the questionnaire from the department's website.

The closing date for responses is 30 September 2008.

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