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YouthLink Scotland

Welcome to YouthLink Scotland's Website

YouthLink Scotland is the national agency for youth work. It is a membership organisation and is in the unique position of representing the interests and aspirations of the whole of the sector both voluntary and statutory. YouthLink Scotland champions the role and value of the youth work sector, challenging government at national and local levels to invest in the development of the sector.

National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2015     

YouthLink Scotland is delighted to announce that the eighth National Youth Worker of the Year Awards are now open for nominations.

The Awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding commitment, service and performance of youth workers, role models, partners and managers who work tirelessly within the youth work sector.

Follow the Awards this year at #YLSawards15.

See here for more information, guidance notes and nomination forms.

National Youth Work Strategy 2014-2019

Our ambitions for improving the life chances of young people in Scotland.

We want Scotland to be the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. We want a Scotland where the rights of children and young people are not just recognised, but rooted deep in our society and in our public and voluntary services. And we want a nation that treasures  the whole wellbeing of children and young people.

Download the Strategy here.


The Digitally Agile National Principles were launched on Wednesday 5 November at the Scottish Youth Work Week Conference.

They are a formal framework of guiding principles for the use of digital technology and social media in Community Learning and Development.

Developed with key stakeholders in the sector, the Principles are designed to help youth work, adult learning and community development organisations to effectively build the use of digital technologies and social media into their practice.


YouthLink Scotland has set up the first independent public website designed to challenge sectarianism in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government.      

Click on the logo for more information.



CashBack for Communities is the Scottish Government's vehicle for reinvesting the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland's young people. Click on logo for more information on the various funds.


Key Diary Dates for 2015 from YouthLink Scotland

All the latest information on events being organised by YouthLink Scotland in partnership with its members and stakeholders can be found here.

Click the button below to sign up for our fortnightly Youth Work Briefing.

 YouthLink Scotland is a Scottish company limited by guarantee, no. 164547, Charity reference SCO03923 
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