Policy Seminars

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?

More information on our plans for this year will be posted soon.

For more information on our Policy Seminars, please email Kevin Kane at kkane@youthlinkscotland.org.


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