YouthLink Scotland Policy Convention: Youth work is human rights work - 8 December 2022

YouthLink Scotland will host its annual online policy convention on youth work’s role as a key rights respecting and enabling sector and the connection to key policy developments in Scotland on Thursday 8 December.

As a relationship-based practice we want to help drive a number of key areas across local and national government outcomes and strengthen the sector’s position as one of the key rights respecting and promoting practices in Scotland.

The latest confirmed speaker, Professor Tim Corney is the co-author of the Victorian Youth Sector Code of Ethical Practice and the author of the Commonwealth Code of Ethical Practice used by 20 Youth Worker Associations across the Commonwealth.

We are delighted he will speak to the topic of youth work is human rights work. He argues that the right of young people to participate in decisions being made about them forms the basis for professional youth work practice, considering the nature of ‘participation’ and its relation to human rights, and introduces the concept of ‘adultism’ and the challenges for youth workers combatting ‘adultist’ beliefs and practices in the work of participation.

We will reflect on the benefits and limitations of youth participation models, and addresses the relationship between rights-based participation practice, and critical pedagogy (dialogical) in youth work.

Our policy convention last year had over 160 attendees. Individuals and organisations hailed from policy and practice roles and from across formal and non-formal education as well as other related sectors. We would expect the same numbers of attendees and diversity again this year.

We have scheduled this online convention to align with Human Rights Day 2022, taking place the same week.

Find out more and book your place now to avoid disappointment.

Any queries, please get in touch with Kevin Kane, YouthLink Scotland’s Policy and Research Manager. 


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