Youth Services

Maureen Mc Intyre
Youth Officer
Cavan Adult Education Services
Unit 1 Church View Square
Telephone: 049 4361881
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So What is Youth Work?

Under the Youth Work Act 2001, the definition of youth work is:

A planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary participation, which is complimentary to their formal, academic or vocational education and training; provided primarily by voluntary youth organisations.

Under government legislation, Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board has a statutory responsibility for the implementation of the Youth Work Act 2001. The Youth Officer in Cavan is responsible for the provision of youth services with Co. Cavan. 

In order to ensure the highest and most comprehensive quality of service is delivered to young people in Co. Cavan, the Youth Officer ensures that there is:

  • Co-ordination of plans, proposals and activities regarding youth work 
  • Provision of financial assistance
  • Preparation a Youth Work Development Plan
  • Compilation of a Youth Work Annual Report
  • Designation, review or withdrawal of designation for local youth work/service organisations
  • Establishment of a Youth Work Committee to advise and make recommendations on the performance of its youth work functions
  • Establishment of a Voluntary Youth Council to advise on matters relating to the Youth Work Development Plan and to act as a forum for voluntary youth organisations

The Youth Service Directory provides a complete list of all Youth Clubs and Groups that are providing youth services within the county, including:

  • Bands
  • Community and Independent Youth Groups
  • Community Games
  • Foroige
  • Macra na Feirme
  • Paid Staff Projects
  • Pioneers Total Abstinence Association
  • Religious Youth Groups
  • Uniformed Organisations



Registration of Youth Groups

Registration with the Youth Services in Cavan is the first step in the co-ordination of youth work provision. The benefits of registration are that it will give youth work organisations access to training, networking, support and information sharing. In addition, from 2008, voluntary youth groups must be registered with the Youth Services in order to be eligible to apply for the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme.

Following registration, the Youth Officer will conduct a survey of all youth work programmes, services and activities in their area. Registration is a voluntary process.

Under the Youth Work Act, a Voluntary Youth Council will be elected for each area. In order to be eligible to vote, a group/club must be registered with the Cavan Youth Services.

You can download a Registration Form here. Please Note: The registration conditions are outlined in the final page of the application form. Your application to register will be reviewed by Cavan Youth Services.





Child Protection Awareness Programme - Good Practice for the Youth Work Sector

Cavan Youth Service in conjunction with the National Youth Council of Ireland are rolling out a Child Protection Awareness Programme - Good Practice for the Youth Work Sector. This training is for volunteers over the age of 18 who work with young people in any of our registered Youth Clubs and Groups throughout the county.


Training Programme Content

Aim: A basic awareness in relation to Child Protection

Session 1

Definition of Youth Work & Child

Legislation and Guidelines

Definitions and Examples of Child Abuse

Other Factors in relation to Child Abuse

Forms of Inappropriate behaviour

Best Practice in Child Protection

Indicators of Concern

National Child Abuse Statistics


Session 2

Recruitment Pathway

Dealing with a Disclosure of Abuse from a Young Person


Reporting Procedures


If your club/group is interested in availing of this training, contact the Youth Services on 049 4361881.




2-hour training session focusing on diversity and exploring issues around racism, sectarianism, prejudice and intolerance delivered by peer trainers

This course aims to explore the issues of diversity, challenge prejudice and discrimination, promote equality and nonprejudice behaviour and explore positive action.

The course will be delivered through a number of participative, interactive and fun exercises, which will include:

Exploring Diversity

Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination

Understanding racism and sectarianism

Exploring ways of reducing prejudice


    At the end of the session, the participants will be able to:

 Describe issues which exist for some minority citizens in Ireland;

 Describe behaviour which amounts to Racism and Sectarianism and the impact of such;

 Explain the variety of responses individuals have to prejudice;

 State the steps young people can take to promote and role model non prejudiced behaviour;

 Explain the importance of language and impact of labelling;

 Explain aspects of Cultural Diversity;

For further information on this training, please contact the Youth Services on 049 4361881.



Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2015 is now closed.