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4. Social Inclusion

Social inclusion in the Czech Republic is a relevant and politically important topic. The central social inclusion policy is governed by the Government of the Czech Republic and its Department on social inclusion, which is the Agency for social inclusion. See more in Chapter 4.2 on the Administration and Governance. In the Youth field, it is one of the priorities of the Youth strategy and several objectives and measures have been declared. For details see Chapter 4.3

However, relating to young people, most social inclusion activities are supported within other legal scopes than youth work, as far as youth work is not legally regulated in the Czech Republic in most aspects.

Leisure-based education and similar ways of non-formal education are regulated by the Education legislative. Within education, inclusive education has been introduced in reality after long-lasting discussion since the 1st of September 2016. New measures for school facilities for inclusion have been introduced by the state. Still, the implementation has not been consolidated. For details approach chapter 4.4 and chapter 4.7.

Direct social involvement and support for young people in the way of street work and Low-Threshold facilities for Children and Youth are regulated directly within the scope of social services. A special issue is the field of young offenders, which, however, seems to be innovative and to offer specific activities and programmes on how to help this vulnerable group among youth with professional youth work.

Also, youth organisations are active in the field of social inclusion in their activities, but it seems to be rather natural and bottom-up, rather than taking any stimulation or steering from the state or public level. The state is thus not offering much specific support to foster youth inclusion through the youth work, even if it is a politically strong and discussed topic.