models are designed to show clear evidence of all the considerations
that you take when you plan a piece of youth work. During placements,
they are essential in order to meet certain criteria. Also, as more and
more authorities look to promote careful planning of work with young
people, it is good to have sound knowledge and experience of using
NAOMIE model is one of two that are explored at this site.
framework requires evidence of you identifying the:
Of a piece of
work/project that you intend to do.
will clearly show, in an easy-read format, that you have taken all these
into consideration when planning projects. Below are some questions
under each area of analysis – hopefully you can start to work out ways
in which you would answer them.
are you contemplating doing this activity? What are the needs of the
young people attending the project? What are the needs of the project as
a whole? Have you considered that these needs may not be within the
young people’s agenda, but may be part of legal or regulatory
people attending rural youth centre, with little to do and complaining
that nothing is structured. Three young women have previously been in
trouble at school for “clowning around”. They have been excluded
from the drama group. Centre staff have noticed some uneasy
confrontations between groups, creating an environment that is
problematic for other young people.
is the end goal? What will be the overall learning point of completing
EXAMPLE: A drama
group running in the centre. A group of young people who have explored
issues and concerns, through lively performance and groupwork. The group
relationships are clearly improved and the young women have been able to
participate in a project that is in line with what they want to do.
specific changes will happen? What definitive learning points will you
be able to point to? How will something be different in a specific
sense? What key things will young people learn?
EXAMPLE: Drama and
performance skills; Teamwork and team building skills; Young people with
consideration for others; Improved or explored group dynamics. 9 young
people will gain a certificate.
the piece of work that you intend to do. Explain it in simple terms that
other people will be able to understand having not participated.
EXAMPLE: A drama
group will be established focusing on giving young people the space to
play games and act out “issue-based” work with the assistance of
youth workers. A variety of dramatic role-playing will take place, and
the group will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills in this
area. At all times, the groups will be selected by the worker, in order
for young people to mix with different people that they would not
long will this project take? Do you need to raise money? How are young
people involved in the planning and delivery? What staff will be working
with you? What resources will you need?
EXAMPLE: JW to run
group with assistance from the centre volunteer. The group will run for
eight weeks. Each individual session will have a planning note, with the
games listed on them and how to do them. Young people to plan the final
piece that they will perform. We will need a budget of eighty pounds
from the centre funds. A video camera, CD player and one room will be
needed in order for the work to be carried out.
will you measure the success of the work (i.e. - have you met the outcomes)?
How will young people relate their anxieties/learning points/successes
in an environment conducive to them having confidence? How will you
consider recommendations for change? Will you involve the input of other
staff in evaluating your work?
people will feedback at the end of each session in a group discussion.
The format of evaluation will change each session. Workers to
incorporate evaluation into the end of the youth club night meeting.
Supervision to be provided by Full time worker. JW to write report at
I said before, this is only a guideline and does not serve as a command
sheet! Modify a planning model and add your own points that you feel
would be relevant. It is important to remember that planning models need
not consume a lot of time, but must cover the essential facts.
© Jason Wood, August