Empowering Youth Professionals: Rights & Responsibilities training

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The IARS International Institute is pleased to introduce an interdisciplinary CPD accredited Empowering Youth Professionals: Rights & Responsibilities Training Programme that offers a theoretical and practical insight in the areas of youth research, policy and practice. With over ten years experience in developing and delivering high quality training services to organizations working with young people, the IARS International Institute has enabled hundreds of young people, professionals and practitioners in the field of youth as well organizations including public services, third sector and policy bodies, to develop skills and enhance their substantive and methodological knowledge on key areas of youth research, policy and practice, supporting them to introduce a youth-led element in all aspects of their services from design  to delivery and evaluation. 


  • Objectives

    The Youth Professionals Programme aims to:

    • Create knowledge around youth research, policy and practice at both theoretical and methodological level.
    • Improve professionals’ skills and knowledge on how to organically involve young people at all stages of their work from service design and delivery to evaluation and governance. 
    • Build organizational capacity in agencies and services in the field of youth and provide them with the tools and best practice guidance on how to engage  vulnerable young people.

  • The Training Programme includes

    The training programme includes the following modules that could be taken independently. The programme is bespoke and can be adapted to the specific needs and requirements of the individual or organization. For more information on each module please follow the links provided below. 

    • Active Young Citizens:This particular module focuses on generating an understanding of citizenship, and introduces the idea of using legal rights & responsibilities to advocate for social justice as active young citizens. 

    • Employment Law Training: How to empower young people by enabling them to understand the civil justice system and develop skills, attitudes and knowledge around employment law. 

    • Police Powers: Enable young people to make sense of and understanding interactions with the police, and development of skills and attitudes to foster better relations with the police. 

    • Housing Rights: Instil a level of understanding, in young people, regarding the law, leasing contracts and developing skills to better handle acquiring local authority housing or settling landlord/tenant disputes.

    • Human Rights: Enable youth to develop an understanding of the Human Rights Act 1998 and how to apply the principles in everyday life.

    • Research Methods: This module develops knowledge around research theory and practical application for professionals who work with young people.

    • Campaigning:  Combines IARS’ Social Media Campaigning Training; Digital Activism; Photo Journalism; and Blogging with the aim of demonstrating how young people can be empowered  to raise their voices online and offline on issues that affect them and influence change from the ground by offering them the tools to do so. 

  • Who should attend

    The IARS International Institute's Empowering Youth Professionals: Rights & Responsibilities training  is addressed to  professionals and practitioners in the field of youth policy, research and practice as well organizations including public services, third sector and policy bodies that work directly with young people.

  • Accreditation - Certification

    The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

    Young people that are interested in attending the course can receive Youth Pass Certification; a european wide acknowledged certification that certifies formal and non formal educational activities. Please see  the Youth Training Progamme.

  • Programme Leader

    Professor Theo Gavrielides is the programme leader responsible for the training programme. The material have been developed after thorough research and consultation with young people for diverse ethnic, cultural and economic background. The training material has also been reviewed by the IARS Independent Youth Advisory Board.

  • Past Clients and Testimonials

    Among our previous clients are the British Council, Youth Access, the Young Foundation and the London Serious Violence Board. 

    Examples of our work include:

    •  IARS delivered a bespoke research methods training course to over 50 young people and professionals in a youth -led research network set up by the British Council in the Middle East. Sessions were held in Cairo and Beirut over a year period.  British Council said .

    "IARS provided an excellent training programme for just what we needed. They were adaptable to working with us in the Middle East and the training was of an excellent quality."

    • 1 day training programme to professionals who work with young people at Youth Access. The programme covered research methods theory and it's practical applications when working with young people either as the subjects of research or as young researchers on a youth-led project.

    "I am better able to think about what to explore and achieve at a policy level before conducting research, and to ensure that young people's view are fully explored and taken into account."

    "This course has provided me with a better understanding of how to engage young people in focus groups and has made me start thinking about initiating a young person led project." Youth Access staff member


    • 4 day research methods training package to young people aged 13-19 who were engaged in the Youth of Today project at the Young Foundation. The training was bespoke and  tailored to the Young Foundation's needs.

    Very good pacing and nicely balanced between being challenging and being accessible. The trainers instilled a lot of knowledge to all who attended. The practice interview sessions were well organized and planned out; it was communicated well" Young Foundation staff member 



IARS is a not for profit organisation and all funds are reinvested into our charitable activities.

If you would like to purchase this training as an organisation, IARS is able to deliver the training in-house to up to 25 members of staff. The training is available at the following rates:

London - £1,200

Outside London - £1,500

If you would like to request a training, or have any questions, please contact contact@iars.org.uk

Throughout the year IARS also offers a number of training sessions in London that are open to individuals who are interested in completing the training. Individual places at these trainings are available at the following rates:  

Voluntary organisations and charities with up to 10 members of staff -  £75

Voluntary organisations and c with 11+ members of staff - £95

Statutory and Private Organisations £125

Our website will be updated with upcoming dates of these open training sessions so watch this space. Registration and payment details will be provided as dates are confirmed.

We offer 10% discount to our members and members' organisations along with various other benefits. If you are not a member and you would like to join us please follow the link or contact us at contact@iars.org.uk .

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Charges will incur for a refund of your booking:

- Bookings will not be refundable for cancellations within 7 days of the training.
- 70% refund for upto 14 days before the training date. 
- 80% refund for cancellation notices recieved more than 14 days before the training. 

These charges are ordered in this manner due to administration fees. To make a cancellation please contact usContact@iars.org.uk | 020 7064 4380.