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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 2016

    See the full list of winners and finalists with winners pictures here



 YouthLink Scotland Manifesto

 Young people have been delivering a National Call to Action to politicians across  Scotland. In a Holyrood manifesto launch with young people at the heart of it,  YouthLink Scotland calls for further investment in the youth work sector as part of  the  drive to close the educational attainment gap. Read the 14 Asks here.

Youth Work Outcomes

The development of the Youth Work Outcomes has been a partnership piece of  work which was signed off by the NVYO Scotland and Local Authority Youth  Work Managers Network at their joint residential in June 2015.   The Outcomes  were launched on 27 January 2016, alongside a sector consulation on the draft  suite of Outcome Indicators.  Further information and links to resource  materials can be found here.


 National Youth Work Strategy 2014-2019

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

 A dedicated web page on the National Youth Work Strategy can be found here.


Legal Helpline for Youth Workers

FREE 24 hour HelpLine, ‘YouthLink Scotland Law Line’, for youth workers and youth work organisations in partnership with J. C. Hughes Solicitors. The law line will give comfort to many workers who may need immediate advice or help out of office hours.

  • Telephone - 0141 778 2468 (Quoting YouthLink Scotland)
  • All calls taken by a fully qualified solicitor
  • 24/7 cover
  • Completely free and confidential advice
  • Email and phone line responses


The Digitally Agile National Principles are a formal framework of guiding principles for the use of digital technology and social media in Community Learning and Development.



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.

Action on Sectarianism 2014-15 report download here


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.



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

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