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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.1 Target population of youth policy

Last update: 22 December 2023

The Flemish Decree on the Youth and Children's Rights Policy and the Support of Youth Work (art 3, 12°) defines 'youth' as the group of children and young people up to and including the age of 30. This is a more gallic-inspired approach (including Belgium and the number of southern countries) in which young people are brought within wider age limits. For that reason, youth is the collective name of, among other things, children and teenagers. At the same time, youth policy in Flanders covers several policy areas, which may be concerned with a specific part of this group, see for example: 

  • Decree concerning the organization of child care for babies and toddlers: focused on children who are not yet attending kindergarten
  • Decree on Integrated Youth Care: focused on young people under the age of 18
  • Decree on the organisation of out-of-school care and the coordination between out-of-school activities (toddlers and children in primary education)
  • Decree concerning the system of learning and working: focused on young people between the ages of 15 and 25