Practical Resources

A list of practical resources and templates shared by youth work organisations, to support youth work delivery.

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Safe System of Work Template

Safe system of work template for a group work session, covering general instruction you'd expect a practitioner to do before, during and after an activity, including risk assessment.


Building Check Assessment template

Template to help youth work organisations assess the suitability of any given premises for hosting activities during the phased lifting of lockdown restrictions.


Health and Safety Risk Assessment template

Risk assessment form template which includes hazards identified, persons at risk and examples of control measures.


Detached Youth Work Covid Risk Assessment Exemplar

Generic template for conducting risk assessments for youth work activities, updated to include suggested measures relating to Covid-19. Available in Word and PDF formats.


Workforce Wellbeing

Case studies of wellbeing policies implemented by youth work organisations

We've gathered some current examples (Feb 2020) of the support that youth work organisations are offering in relation to workforce wellbeing throughout the sector's ongoing recovery from the pandemic.


Guidance & Toolkits

Youth Scotland Post Lockdown Readiness Guide

March 2021 update from Youth Scotland to assist community-based youth workers and organisations prepare for youth work delivery.


Scouts - Getting everyone back together safely

A handy framework and set of guidance on how elements of face to face youth work could take place and the safety measures that would need to be taken into account.


Youth Borders - First Steps Checklist For Covid-19 Recovery Planning

A self-evaluation tool designed as a checklist to support trustees, management committees and youth work managers to evaluate the steps and measures they have taken, as well as identifying future steps to take as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.


Youth Theatre Arts Scotland - Phased renewal of youth work activities

A toolkit providing an overview of the key areas that local youth theatres should use to plan their activities in Phases 3 and 4 of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown. Guidance to be updated as circumstances develop.

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