European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work

“On behalf of the Scottish Government, I would like to thank YouthLink Scotland for exploring Digital Youth Work internationally and the benefits this could bring to young people in Scotland. I feel the guidelines for Digital Youth Work are a significant development, which has the potential to broaden the experiences of young people.”

Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science 

The European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work have been designed to clearly define Digital Youth Work, its impact and the value of youth work as an important educational practice which can empower young people in a digitalising society.

The guidelines give practical and ethical guidance to youth workers, managers and organisations. They also include a call to action for funders and policy makers for the youth work sector, outlining steps they can take to enable the development of digital youth work for all young people.

This work has been developed collaboratively between partners in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Scotland. We have consulted with the youth work sector in these countries and through our wider international networks.

The Guidelines build on the report of the EU Expert Group on Digitalisation and Youth and are designed to complement the forthcoming EU Council Conclusions on Digital Youth Work and demonstrate how digital youth work plays a role in key Scottish Government and International agenda.


The skills I have gained have been massive amounts of confidence, representing myself in the local community.

Ross Andrew, Young Volunteer with DigiDabble from SCRATCH Youth Group, North Ayrshire

“The structure, methods and communication channels of youth work should adapt to the digital world: it should use technology and pedagogical practices to increase access and help young people cope with digital means. Digital youth work should be incorporated into youth workers' training and – where they exist – youth work occupational and competence standards.”

Communication from the Commission “Engaging, Connecting and Empowering young people: a new EU Youth Strategy” COM(2018) 269

  • European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work

    Guidance for youth workers, youth work organisations, funders and policy makers to support the understanding, development and value of digital youth work. These guidelines were developed with international partners as part of the Digitally Agile Youth Work project funded by Erasmus+.

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