The YouthLink Scotland Policy Forum played a valued role in supporting members to review, research, and promote national and international policy and good practice. However in 2017 it was decided to review the format and function of the Policy Forum, and a decision was made to disband the Policy Forum and in its place to establish a series of Policy Seminars.
In the autumn of 2018 we hosted our first Policy Seminar Series. Policy Seminars are opportunities for youth work practitioners, policy makers, academics, and other interested stakeholders to come together. The Seminars are designed in a way which will facilitate networking, collaboration, as well as creating precious time for critical thinking and reflection.
The first Policy Seminar took place in Glasgow and focused attention towards adverse childhood experiences and the development of resilience within the context of youth work relationships and practice. The second policy seminar took place in Edinburgh and focused attention towards digital youth work and cyber resilience.
We held two Policy Seminars in 2019:
UNCRC Incorporation into Scots Law and Youth Work - This seminar explored the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots Law This seminar will encourage input and reflection on the principles of the UNCRC and the role of youth work and any potential impacts as we move towards incorporation. The findings from this seminar can be found here.
Youth Work's Role in the Youth Justice System - This seminar explored youth work’s role in prevention, care, recovery and support for young people in the youth justice system. The findings from this seminar can be found here.
What's new in 2020?
Policy Seminars are opportunities for young people, youth work practitioners, policy makers, academics, and other interested stakeholders to come together to create precious time for critical thinking and reflection. This helps build an evidence base to advocate for change on the issues that matter to young people and the youth work sector.
We know from our extensive engagement with young people, youth work practitioners, and partners, around the renewed National Youth Work Strategy (2020-25) that climate change is a priority area for action.
A series of three Policy Seminars on Climate Action took place over the summer:
On World Oceans Day (8 June) we were joined by On Our Wave Length and Marine Conservation Society to take a deep dive on World Ocean’s Day into what a green/blue post Covid-19 recovery might look like and what role young people can play!
In the second of YouthLink Scotland’s Policy Seminar Series on Climate Action, we were joined by #iwill and Scottish Youth Parliament to discuss the role of young people and practitioners' role in engaging and empowering young people to take environmental action at home.
On World Youth Day (12 August) Rural Youth Project and young steering committee partners helped us connect rural youth practice with climate change action.
YouthLink Scotland will use the series to form views/actions and build an evidence base that connects youth work practice to police influencing at all levels.
For more information on our Policy Seminars, please email Kevin Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org.