Youth Initiative Programme
The Youth Initiative Programme (YIP), based in the Department of Education, brings together three donor-funded small-scale projects, all of which focus on finding out more about how school drop-out and exclusion may be prevented.
Exclusion in these projects includes formal disciplinary exclusion from school, persistent unauthorised absence and other processes of becoming ‘missing’ from education.
A series of recent reports have highlighted persisting inequalities in exclusions and non-compliance with statutory duties. Also a number of changes in education policies regarding pupils’ exclusion are currently underway emphasising the devolution of powers and responsibilities to schools creating new demands for the sector.