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The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction Unit (NNVRU) 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 NNVRU 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 VRU/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 NNVRU 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.

  2. All practitioners working in Youth Diversion in Nottingham City and County have access to high quality Training Pathways to better meet the needs of young people and communities.

  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 against the Quality Endorsement Framework.

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Our Youth Charter

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Training Pathways

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Quality Framework


The VRU are currently consulting on the draft Quality Endorsement Framework and draft Training Pathways Framework prior to implementation later this year. The development and implementation of these products and the wider programme is being overseen by a Youth Work Steering Group, which includes members of both the voluntary and community and statutory sectors.


We would welcome your feedback on the proposed products, including, but not limited to, the content, language, accessibility and overall approach. Please send feedback to vruteam@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk .

Our Youth Charter

Our Youth Charter was launched during National Youth Work Week in November 2021. 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 Tailored Quality Mark.

How you can show your commitment to Our Youth Charter (assets can be downloaded below):


  • Requesting a poster to display in your office or wherever you work with young people via our CONTACT US form.

  • Display of Our Youth Charter in a prominent place on your website or in your email signature.

  • Post a photograph or you and/or your team on social media with our filter.  Don’t forget to include the hashtag #ouryouthcharter.

  • Let us know what you are doing to commit to the promises set out in the Charter and we will showcase your project across our social media platforms – if you can provide a case study, even better!


For more information on how your organisation can get involved in the wider development of the Youth Work Strategy please CONTACT US.