FOCUS. OPPORTUNITIES. RESULTS

Our quality assurance scheme encourages services to aspire to excellence and inspire confidence in their ability to deliver.

FOR Youth is a quality assurance framework that demonstrates that your service invests in young people’s assets, trust and potential, setting you apart from those that are part of a more deficit-based response to surviving and coping. This framework is both a development tool for services to evaluate and strengthen Advantaged Thinking practice and a quality assurance system that can be a powerful resource for demonstrating impact and value to stakeholders.

FOR Youth has three modules that services can use to test and reinforce their ‘Foyerness’:

F ocus on Advantaged Thinking

O pportunities on offer

R esults and demonstrating impact


THE CONCEPT

Foyers were set up to provide young people with 3 promises:

  1. a safe, balanced community of 16-25 year olds in transition
  2. an integrated offer that covered housing, education, employment and personal development skills
  3. a relationship that tailored a ‘something-for-something’ deal between the young person, service and locality, on which the offer of accommodation depended.

THE PROCESS 

The FOR Youth quality assurance model includes three phases. Throughout the programme, services are supported using a set-up workshop, an online platform and email, phone and video calls.

COMMITMENT:

  1. Complete an ‘Advantaged Thinking’ audit
  2. Initial assessment of the service

ENDORSEMENT:

  1. Full Commitment Assessment
  2. SWOT
  3. Quality Development Plan (QDP)

CERTIFICATION:

  1. Collect data that provides evidence that the service is delivering an Advantaged Thinking impact
  2. Final assessment and 2-day validation visit
  3. Services continue to collect impact data and participate in training activities that are relevant to their offer

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Full single service costs are £3,500 (one-off) + £1,000 (annual), split into two payments:

  1. A one-off £3,500 per service. This covers access to materials and tools, the set up workshop, online space and conferencing, 10 months 1:1 support, an assessment and validation visit, final validation report and quality development plan, the first accreditation panel, endorsement and year one certification (including plaque).
  2. An annual £1,000 per service. This charge covers data processing, on-going accreditation support, access to local, regional and national benchmarking data and annual re-certification. Additional site visits may be carried out every 5 years.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

PHASE ONE (MONTHS 1-3)

  • Enrolment
  • Set-up
  • Initial Commitment
  • Advantaged Thinking assessment

PHEASE TWO (MONTHS 4-7)

  • Use the tools
  • Complete Full Commitment Assessment
  • SWOT & QDP

PHASE THREE (MONTHS 8-10)

  • Submit final assessment
  • 2 day validation visit
  • Final report & quality panel

PHASE FOUR (NEXT 12+ MONTHS)

  • Submit 12 month data
  • Achieve Certification
  • Ongoing annual data submission

For more information, contact foryouth@foyer.net


Interested in becoming accredited through FOR Youth? Join our next cohort! 

The countdown has begun to join the next cohort of Foyers taking part in FOR Youth – the accreditation that isn’t just a one-off stamp of assurance but instead a journey of self-reflection and quality development with young people and your staff team.

Take a look at our guide to FOR Youth which includes testimonials from Foyers that have already taken part as well as FAQs if you’re not sure whether it’s the right time or how much work it’ll involve.