National Youth Work Strategy Launched

Aims to make Scotland the best place for young people to grow up.

3 April 2014

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Education Scotland and Youthlink Scotland unveiled the national Youth Work Strategy - 'Our ambitions for improving the life chances of young people in Scotland', today at Edinburgh youth group 6VT. The Strategy recognises youth work as a key and distinctive component of the Scottish Government's present and future agenda for young people.

Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People launched the Strategy, with input and presentations from young people demonstrating the importance of youth work (above). 

Included within the Strategy is an implementation plan, which provides a detailed action plan for the first two years. It outlines the responsibilities for each of the agencies involved in taking the Strategy forward. Through time, progress and information updates will be produced to keep implementation fresh and current.

Ian McLaughlan, Youth Scotland Chief Executive participated in the event by co-hosting a round table discussion with a young person on the importance of volunteering. He said: "I am very pleased that a significant focus of the Strategy is workforce development.

"Young people have great opportunities in youth work to develop as confident individuals making a real contribution in their local communities. To ensure that continues, it's so important that the investment for training youth workers, volunteers and paid staff is made in the next five years so that youth work continues to offer quality experiences for young people.

"Today's launch of the Youth Work Strategy is a good starting point in recognising the value of  informal learning opportunities for young people and hope the plans for implementing the Strategy will not be adversely affected by the current cuts to local community learning and development services."