In 2014, the Department of Education and Skills requested NCGE to develop Guidelines on the Provision of Adult Educational Guidance Services to 16 and 17 year olds to enhance and support the existing DES AEGI Operational Guidelines 2012.
These Guidelines are intended to support the Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS) nationally and were intended to inform AEG Services and their managing agencies - the Education and Training Boards (ETBs).
The provision of guidance to young people who have left school, with low or no formal qualifications, may require specific guidance interventions. Such interventions should be cognisant of the age of the individual and the legal requirements for the provision of services to children. The AEGS are specific services that have traditionally worked with adults who are at least 18 years of age. In 2014, driven by developments in DEASP INTREO ‘Activation’ policies, the AEGS began working with the ‘young adult’ age cohort. This required the development of policy, conducive to the needs and requirements of young people aged between 16 and 18 years of age. The guidelines presented here were developed in consultation with the DES Inspectorate, the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI),the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), the Adult Educational Guidance Association of Ireland (AEGAI) and the Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). NCGE engaged legal training consultants to provide legal training to AEGI services to inform and support the development of these guidelines. NCGE is grateful to all of these organisations for their co-operation, collaboration, advice and information and will continue to seek such collaboration to revise the Guidelines in line with current Guidance delivery within FET.
Alongside these Guidelines, staff are urged to consider ongoing and current developments within the wider FET landscape and recent GDPR (data protection) legislation.
NCGE is currently (January 2020) engaging with legal advice and will make such revisions to these guidelines as may be necessary.