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2. Voluntary Activities

2.2 Administration and governance of youth volunteering

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  1. Governance
  2. Main actors


Main actors

The Ministry of Welfare is responsible for policy making of the labour marked, to which volunteering activities apply to. Among other public actors involved with volunteering policy is the Directorate of Labour. Non-public actors include various youth organizations, such as the Scout movement, the sports movement and youth voluntary organisations such as International Cultural Youth Exchange (only in Icelandic), The Red Crossthe Youth Forum (only in Icelandic), the Icelandic Youth Council, YMCA and YWCA, and ICE-SAR, trade unions such as Starfsgreinasamband Íslands (English title unavailable).

No official law or regulation on youth volunteering exists, but volunteering activities might fall under other laws, such as Youth Act no. 70/2007, Children Act no. 76/2006, Child Protection Act no. 80/2002  and the UN Convention on the Rights of Children no. 19/2013(only in Icelandic).

Cross-sectorial cooperation

No existing rules dictate cooperation between sectors, but in general policy making takes place at the top-level within the Ministry of Welfare, possibly in cooperation with other ministries where applicable, influenced in varying degrees by other public actors such as the Directorate of Labour and non-public actors.