The Engagement Framework is an outworking of the Department of Education’s Priorities for Youth policy, which emphasised the need for new and proportionate ways to demonstrate outcomes of youth work. Its development has been underpinned by an extended process of research, dialogue, consultation and piloting.
Categories of Engagement
The Engagement Framework describes four categories of engagement in youth work, from ‘Contact’ to ‘Maximising Potential’. Looking back over the past year, you are asked to assign each young person you work with to the most appropriate category, based on his/her engagement in your youth group/unit/project. It is important to note that there is no right or wrong response, only your considered judgement based on your knowledge and first-hand experience of the young people you work with.