Youth Scotland guidance on the resumption of youth work services during Covid-19

Date 14 July 2020

Following the First Minister’s announcement on Scotland’s progression to Phase 3 of Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis, we are pleased to begin planning with our members for the safe resumption of community-based youth work services in accordance with the official guidance.

As part of the National Youth Work Recovery Group, Youth Scotland has been working with Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and other sector partners to help produce specific, practical guidance on a gradual and phased resumption of youth work services.

This guidance is available now, entitled COVID-19: Guiding Framework to support gradual phased renewal of youth work services. The framework is structured in two parts to help groups and organisations make their own plans to safely resume activities: expectations before delivery and expected approaches to delivery.

Guidance for Phase 3 suggests activity that is based outdoors, detached youth work and the continuation of digital youth work. Phase 4 will see the gradual reintroduction of indoor youth work activity.

Speaking about the announcement, Ian McLaughlan, Youth Scotland’s Chief Executive said: 

“We are delighted to hear this very positive announcement which will be welcome news for our member youth groups and young people involved in youth work up and down the country. It’s a cautious but hopeful first step in the recovery programme in enabling youth workers to once again re-engage with young people in face to face activities, initially outdoors. We know that many young people have risen marvellously to the challenges of the past four months while others have struggled in different ways during the Covid-19 pandemic. We know that youth workers, both paid and volunteers, are ideally placed to support young people and especially in helping them to build resilience for the month ahead”

“As part of the youth work recovery programme, Youth Scotland is pleased to announce, thanks to additional funding from the STV Children’s Appeal, a mental health awareness training programme for youth workers in partnership with the charity Place2Be.” Click here for more details

Youth Scotland actively maintains a resource page on its website to support community-based youth work during the Covid-19 pandemic. With information on official guidance, funding, training, online skills/security, legal advice and more, youth groups can stay informed here:


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