Assist young people to assess risk and make informed choices in the management of their health and well-being
This standard is for youth workers who aim to address and improve the well-being of young people.
You will work with young people to identify issues which may affect their well-being and will encourage young people to take reasonable care and to take responsibility for ensuring their own well-being.
Within this standard 'well-being' includes the personal, physical and emotional health of young people.
This standard is suitable for all youth work practitioners.
You must be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
You need to know and understand:
- legal and organisational requirements, including the local, social and political context, impacting upon the provision of information, guidance and support relating to the well-being of young people
- legislative and organisational requirements relevant to the storage, retention and maintenance of information
- your organisation's policy and procedures regarding confidentiality of information and the disclosure of information to third parties, and the specific circumstances under which disclosure may be made
- the principal agencies and referral routes available to support young people regarding their health and well-being, and the routes for accessing these
- the importance of maintaining the young person's right to make their own choices
- local and national socio-economic issues and their impact upon the well-being of young people
- risk factors affecting the well-being of young people within the local community, including the digital community
- why it is important for the young person to control the progress and content of discussions, how to make suggestions and when to provide up to date information
- why it is important to be non-judgemental about the ways that young people choose to live and the choices they have made
- why it is important to help young people consider the causes and effects of their choices and behaviour on themselves and others and methods of doing this
- how culture, beliefs and preferences can affect a young person's willingness to discuss issues and the strategies which may be used to encourage this
- strategies for encouraging young people to discuss issues openly and honestly, how to respect and acknowledge other's priorities in relation to their well-being and their right to refuse suggestions and information
- your role and responsibilities and from whom assistance and advice and support should be sought when necessary
- the values and principles underpinning youth work in relation to the requirements of this standard