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The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction Partnership (NNVRP) and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) are responsible for supporting, developing, and engaging services that work with young people in the Youth Diversion space across both Nottingham City and County, alongside a wide range of key partners from statutory and voluntary services.


The NNVRP and OPCC are committed to ensuring that all young people accessing services operating in this space are afforded the best experience they can.

The overarching objectives of our Youth Work Strategy are to:

  • Keep young people and communities safe.

  • Create opportunities for young people to develop skills and knowledge for positive choices.

  • Reduce the risk of criminal engagement or exploitation.

  • Ensure young people receive the quality of services that they deserve.

In December 2020, The VRP/OPCC commissioned the National Youth Agency (NYA) to utilise stakeholder engagement across the statutory and voluntary sector in Nottingham City and County to develop and deliver a strategic plan. The purpose of this is to build consistent high-quality standards of youth work in the youth diversion space, reduce serious violence, and increase community safety. The aspirations for this project are in line with the recommendations from the independent review, and following consultation with statutory and voluntary



Young people accessing youth diversion provision in Nottingham City and County will have access to projects and practitioners that bring places of safety, opportunity for informed and positive choices, which are connected through a shared vision for young people and youth work.

The Strategy and its programmes will achieve a positive impact against NNVRP and OPCC aims to reduce youth violence and increase community safety by increasing the quality, capacity and confidence of practitioners and organisations that work with young people in the youth diversion space.

Goals and Objectives:

The aim is for better professional relationships, improved outcomes, safe young people and communities:

  1. All projects that work with young people for Youth Diversion sign up to the principles set out in the Youth Charter (see below for more information).

  2. All practitioners working in Youth Diversion in Nottingham City and County have access to high quality Accredited Youth Work Training to better meet the needs of young people and communities. For more information and to check out our Youth Work Training see below.

  3. All organisations working in Youth Diversion in Nottingham City and County  are committed to improving the quality of their service to young people and achieving excellence. Find out more below.

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Youth Work Training

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Quality Framework

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Youth Charter


The Youth Charter sets out expectations for youth organisations in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  Consultation has been held with Community and Voluntary organisations as well as young people who have come up with these expectations.  Organisations will pledge to adhere to these expectations to ensure young people have access to the best youth provision which they deserve.  This project has been young people led from conception.

Accredited Youth Work Training:

Base 51 Training Academy are offering fully funded, accredited youth work training to people working with children and young people from the loluntary and community sector across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. 

The Training Academy delivers FREE high quality JNC recognised qualifications and training opportunities to the voluntary and community sector, which means that training is now accessible to organisations working with some of our most vulnerable young people, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to cover the costs to pay for training for their staff. More information on the Training Academy can be found HERE.

To arrange a convenient time to discuss the training courses in more detail, or to register for a place on the next cohort of learners contact Nikki Hutt on

Quality Endorsement Framework

Quality Endorsement Framework is a set of Standards that are used to benchmark and demonstrate the quality of organisations working with young people in Nottingham City and County. All people working in this space should strive to offer the best quality experience and outcomes possible for young people, families and communities.


There are numerous examples of excellent practice across the statutory and voluntary sector, in large and small organisations that deserves to be championed. Where organisations might not have infrastructure, skills or training in specific areas, there should be opportunities for this to be identified, and this knowledge built.

The creation and implementation of this Quality Endorsement Framework model will help to create a more level playing field for all organisations in relation to their growth and development. It will achieve this by supporting a culture of learning and development for practitioners, managers and governance board members through a wide range of opportunities. Use our self-assessment tool HERE to identify any gaps in your organisation and request support from the VRP.

Our Youth Charter

Our Youth Charter was launched in June 2023. It was designed by young people from across the City and County and sets out young peoples’ expectations around the delivery of Youth Work provision in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The young people represented community ambassadors, project staff and mentors, youth parliament, and project participants.

Our aim is that all projects involved in providing diversionary youth work activities for children and young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire pledge their commitment to the Youth Charter.


In standardising these promises young people, families and communities will know that the project is part of a wider network of support, quality, and high standards, which will feed into our Quality Endorsement Framework.



The Youth Charter sets out expectations for youth organisations in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  Consultation has been held with Community and Voluntary organisations as well as young people who have come up with these expectations. 


Organisations will pledge to adhere to these expectations to ensure young people have access to the best youth provision which they deserve. 

That said, we have a bank of young people who have been trained up to deliver how organisations should implement the 7 principles that are listed on the youth charter. If you would like to pledge to the Youth Charter this training is compulsory and should take no more than 20 minutes.  Request your implementation training here

These organisations pledged to sign up to the Youth Charter at the launch on June 8 2023:


Base 51

Equipped 2 succeed

Second Chance Learning Academy

Nottingham Trent University

The Social-ISE Project


Ashfield Spartans Boxing Academy

Breaking Barriers Building Bridges

The Childrens Society

Nottinghamshire Police – Youth Outreach

Nottingham College

Notts Victim Care


Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Trent Bridge Community Trust

The Princes Trust


Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board

The Toy Library

Support Through Sport

Nottingham Trent Uni

The Renewal Trust

NCC Resident development Team


Nottingham Fire & Rescue

Stapleford Community Group

Juno Women’s Aid – Children & Teens Team


Nottingham City Council – Child Friendly City

Communities Unite

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