Criteria for acquiring the label

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Quality LabelCriteria for acquiring the label

Acquiring the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres takes place on the basis of a qualitative assessment. It is hoped that the criteria will give youth centres already in operation the impetus to improve their offer to young people and the youth sector. For youth centres in the planning stages, and yet to be established,it is hoped that the criteria can act as a guide and work plan.

Eligibility criteria
Criteria 1 to 5 are general pre-conditions for the acquisition of the label and are considered to be eligibility criteria.

The centre must:
•    have, as its primary mission, the aim to serve the youth sector and young people
•    promote international co-operation within the youth sector
•    have a clear mandate from public authorities
•    have in-house educational staff working to support the activities
•    have accommodation facilities within one campus with the working facilities.

Additional criteria
Once the eligibility criteria are met, the centre must then meet certain criteria. As reality is different from country to country there is a certain flexibility in the interpretation of these criteria.As will become clear in the following, "indicators" will serve as a guide for the assessment of the extent to which these criteria are met by a given candidate centre.


Eligibility criterion 1:
The centre has, as its primary mission, the aim to serve the youth sector and young people
Conditions needed to be fulfilled

1.1    The primary focus of the centre's programme is young people and those working with and for young people
1.2    The majority of the educational activities in the centre correspond to the profile of non-formal education
1.3    The centre is involved in training multipliers engaged in non-formal education with young people.

Eligibility criterion 2:
The centre promotes international co-operation within the youth sector
Conditions needed to be fulfilled

2.1.    The centre hosts and promotes international and multi-lateral activities
2.2.    The centre can demonstrate that it is involved in wider European / international co-operation frameworks of the youth sector
2.3.    The centre makes efforts to multiply good practices from the international level (Council of Europe, European Union, United Nations, specific networks) and spread the knowledge and values through training and promotional activities at national,regional and local levels.

Eligibility criterion 3:
The centre has a clear mandate from public authorities
Conditions needed to be fulfilled

3.1.    The centre can provide evidence that it is supported by public authorities. Evidence should be a bill,decree or other official document establishing the centre or showing the support by a local,regional or national authority
3.2.    The centre has a mandate from public authorities to apply for this Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres
3.3.    The centre has structured links and communication mechanisms with the public authorities responsible for youth policy. Evidence should be a contract, support letter or another official document giving evidence of a structured relationship.

Eligibility criterion 4:
The centre has in-house educational staff working to support the activities
Conditions needed to be fulfilled

4.1.    The centre has at least one internal educational staff member responsible for ensuring conceptual coherence,quality assurance,and support for activities, including those run by external educational staff
4.2.    The centre's educational staff team is adequately large for the number and volume of activities run
4.3.    The centre can demonstrate the competence of its educational staff for value-based, non-formal educational activities with an international dimension.

Eligibility criterion 5:
The centre has accommodation facilities within one campus with the working facilities
Conditions needed to be fulfilled

5.1.    Centres have the capacity to provide board and lodging on one campus. Living together is an integral part of the educational concept / process
5.2.    Centres' facilities are such that the group does not have to move to another venue outside the campus for social activities,sleeping,and so on:
•    Accommodation is provided indoors with suitable basic hygiene facilities
•    Accommodation in tents and campsites is not eligible
•    Rented space does not qualify.
5.3.    The centre's accommodation capacity is adapted to the organisation of international study sessions or similar activities (i.e. to accommodating approximately 35 participants).