The aim of our project, Professionals and Youth in Partnership (PYP), is to bring together professionals and youth, through the development of training methodologies and the creation of new or expanded training materials. We believe these two groups of people are each in a unique position to have a major impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable and at risk women and young people in the EU.

Through the PYP project, we will:

  1. Research and identify the current situation in relation to training on harmful practices for both professionals and youth groups.
  2. Identify and share best practice of harmful practices.
  3. Agree a set of common core training methodologies, content and materials.
  4. Develop, test, review and refine a set of training methodologies and materials, appropriate to each partner country.
  5. Pilot the ‘refined’ methodologies and materials with both youth groups and professional groups
  6. Create appropriate mechanisms through which professionals and youth groups can jointly develop guidelines on interactive participation in their respective trainings.
  7. Research the criteria and accreditation processes for each professional body in each country and develop a set of policy recommendations and strategy for securing accreditation of qualifications appropriate to target professions and acceptable to the various professional bodies across all Partner countries.
  8. Research and identify the options for accrediting youth peer mentoring at an EU level and produce a set of recommendations to present to policy and decision-makers for adoption and implementation at regional, national and EU levels.
  9. Disseminate the resultant recommendations and training methodologies to the range of stakeholders and agencies responsible for Continuous Professional Development in key professions – police, social work, housing management, GPs, nursing staff, teachers, youth workers, etc. Along with this, to disseminate the recommendations to relevant social partners and professional bodies; and those best placed to engage with young people in communities most affected by harmful practices.