Guidance for youth workers

See below for specific information and resources that might be useful for youth workers.

A statement on behalf of the youth work sector in Scotland

Developed with the Youth Work COVID-19 Recovery Group, this document outlines the planned approach to the delivery of youth work with children and young people through and out of each phase of lockdown. Updated March 2021.

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COVID-19 Education Recovery: Youth work – A Guide for Schools

Developed with the Youth Work COVID-19 Recovery Group, this document explains how youth work can help schools to close the poverty-related attainment gap and improve outcomes for all children and young people.

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COVID-19 advice for supporting children and young people

COSLA has produced a resource to help children, young people and their families manage anxiety about COVID-19 in partnership with YouthLink Scotland and others.

Click here to download resource.


Coronavirus and PVG

Volunteer Scotland has pulled together an FAQ offering guidance on what roles and online interactions require a PVG during COVID-19.

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Virtual meeting parental consent form

Girlguiding Scotland has a consent form which can be referred to as a template for conducting online youth work meetings.

Download the form.


Post-Lockdown Readiness Guide

Youth Scotland's post-lockdown readiness guide (updated March 2021) is aimed at helping community-based youth work be ready for the changes and beyond.

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What on Earth is Digital Youth Work? workshops

We're hosting online workshops via Zoom to help youth workers get to grips with digital youth work! These will be interactive workshops using a videoconferencing platform, not a webinar, so sign up prepared to get involved!

Find out more and sign up.


Children and young people's mental health

NHS Health Scotland's resource for building mental wellbeing and resilience for children and young people during COVID-19.

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Fearless Scotland Harm & Neglect campaign

Fearless Scotland has joined forces with Barnardo’s Scotland to raise awareness of the signs of harm and neglect in children and young people. Online resources have been made available for anyone working with young people.

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Young Minds

Young Minds is a UK-based charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Their website has a number of resources to help young people cope with anxieties and concerns around COVID-19.

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Children in Scotland webinars

Keep up to date with the latest webinars and events as they're announced, including webinars geared towards supporting children and young people through COVID-19.

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Young Scot learning resources

Young Scot has created some learning resources to support home learning/education around COVID-19 and other downloadable resources for anyone working with young people.

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Digital resources for libraries

The Scottish Library and Information Council has produced a digital hub packed with learning resources, including a dedicated section for children and young people.

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Workforce support and wellbeing

Scottish Social Services Council has a dedicated webpage of advice and guidance to help you look after your own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of others during COVID-19.

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Explaining coronavirus to young children

Glasgow-based theatre company Licketyspit has produced child-friendly videos explaining coronavirus and what lockdown means. Translations in Arabic, Spanish and Polish are also available.

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