Decision Making

Skill description

Decision making is a process that includes gathering and using information to make choices. It involves knowing where to go for information, how to critically assess information and sources, managing risk and taking responsibility for choices and decisions. This is an important skill for young people navigating through an increasingly complex world with multiple information sources.


Decision making involves:

  • Literacy
  • Knowing where to go for information or support to make a decision – online and offline sources
  • Assessing information - analysing and questioning information and sources
  • Critical thinking
  • Explaining choices and decisions
  • Identifying and considering risk both in the moment and for the future
  • Taking responsibility for decisions


Skills Mapping


How might a young person develop this skill? 

Participation is a fundamental principle of youth work and young people’s participation in decision making is actively supported and encouraged in youth work.  Young people are decision makers within their own youth groups, schools, communities and local and national government and through this develop and deepen their decision making skills.  Youth work actively signposts information sources for young people and provides training and support on how to assess and use information to make choices.


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