Policy Seminar Planning Group

Through key supported meetings and events, the YouthLink Scotland Policy Seminar Planning group plays a valued role in supporting members to review, research, and promote national and international policy and good practice. 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.

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 happened in 2020?

A series of three Policy Seminars on Climate Action took place over the summer of 2020:

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 used the series to form views/actions and build an evidence base that connects youth work practice to police influencing at all levels. 


Looking forward to 2021?

The Policy Seminar Planning Group is in the process of agreeing priorities for the year.


For more information on our Policy Seminars, please email Kevin Kane


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