• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Blueprint to support youth workers

A new national strategy aims to recognise the "hugely transformative" impact of Scotland's youth workers, the Children's Minister said.

Aileen Campbell launched the new blueprint, which aims to support and expand the country's 73,000 youth workers and widen access to their services, at a summit in Edinburgh.

The strategy has been drawn up by the Scottish Government, together with YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for the youth work sector, and Education Scotland.

It sets out key ambitions for the sector for the next five years, including ensuring Scotland is the best place in the world to be young and grow up.

It also aims to recognise the value of youth work, by recording the impact it has to demonstrate the true value of the sector for the first time.

Ms Campbell said: "More than half a million young Scots participate in youth work on a regular basis, giving them the chance to develop skills, self-confidence and a sense of connection with others. It widens their horizons and helps them make positive choices in their lives as they move into adulthood.

"We will build on the brilliant work being done by the thousands of volunteers and workers across Scotland to properly recognise the hugely transformative power they have on young lives."

Jim Sweeney, CEO of YouthLink Scotland, said: "This strategy marks a new chapter in the relationship of Scottish society with its young people and those who deliver youth work activities. It also values the key roles that youth work can play in delivering real and meaningful learning through challenging and exciting programmes.

"The strategy recognises the sector's contribution to a range of national outcomes and acknowledges the work and support needs of staff and the vast army of youth work volunteers."

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.