Detached Youth Work Guidelines

These guidelines aim to provide a structure for refreshing/revisiting detached and outreach youth work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines form part of YouthLink Scotland’s wider COVID-19 response which can be found here.

The Detached Youth Work Guidelines are designed to be accessible to all members of staff and volunteers working in the wide range of settings that outreach and detached work cover. Wherever possible these guidelines are shaped by the nature and purpose of youth work, linked to approaches and skills needed to meet youth work outcomes, National Occupational Standards for Youth Work, Values, Ethics and Competencies for Community Learning and Development (CLD).

These guidelines recognise that outreach and detached youth work practice will vary in each locality and each organisation and that each partner will refresh/develop practice in line with these variables and their own organisational policy requirements.

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