Problem Solving

Skill description

Problem solving is an essential skill for living, working and learning. It involves understanding a problem, generating and evaluating possible solutions and then implementing solutions. Young people need to solve problems, large and small, on a daily basis. Their ability to break a problem down, apply previous and new knowledge and come up with new ideas helps them thrive.


Problem solving involves:

  • Identifying problems
  • Breaking problems down to smaller parts
  • Thinking logically
  • Using and evaluating information
  • Identifying solutions
  • Creativity
  • Innovative thinking
  • Working with numbers


Skills Mapping


How might a young person develop this skill? 

Young people are able to develop and deepen their problem solving skills though a variety of youth work contexts and practice including:

  • Working with other young people to identify and tackle problems in their local area
  • Tackling challenges on expeditions, residentials and other outdoor activities
  • Being able to problem solve in a safe space and learn from their mistakes
  • Being encouraged to step out of their comfort zone
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