National Youth Work Strategy 2014-2019

We want Scotland to be the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up.

We want a Scotland where the rights of children and young people are not just recognised, but rooted deep in our society and in our public and voluntary services. And we want a nation that treasures the whole wellbeing of children and young people.

Youth work has a significant impact on improving the life chances of Scotland's young people. The National Youth Work Strategy, developed jointly by YouthLink Scotland, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland, sets out our ambitions for improving outcomes for young people through youth work.

The Five Ambitions of the Strategy

  • A: Ensure Scotland is the best place to be young and grow up 
  • B: Put young people at the heart of policy 
  • C: Recognise the value of youth work
  • D: Build workforce capacity
  • E: Measure the impact of youth work 

The National Youth Work Strategy Interim Report was published in summer 2017, taking stock of progress against the five ambitions. A set of eight priorities have been agreed by the National Youth Work Strategy Stakeholder Reference Group for activities in 2017 to 2019.  

The broad themes of the eight Priorities for 2017-19 are: 

  • Celebrating young people and youth workers in the Year of Young People 2018
  • Rights and participation
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Workforce development
  • Attainment and inequality
  • Measuring impact
  • Strategic and local planning
  • Strategy evaluation and future plans  



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