10.8 Current debates and reforms
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The need for revising existing measures is continuously addressed. As stated in the Analysis of the implementation of youth work in Lithuania it becomes extremely important to have qualified youth workers capable of working with and working with disorganized youth, youth staff with strong civic/active participation/representation in the municipalities, and to meet the needs of young people outside youth organizations as well as to communicate the needs them to youth policy decision-makers. Therefore, there is a need for better mechanisms for involving youth workers in youth-related decision-making. Legal regulation of youth work falls within the sphere of youth policy, education, social security, public order, and other public policies. There is a need for better inter-institutional cooperation to address the interdisciplinary nature of youth and youth-related issues and to meet the challenges by combining the efforts of professionals and decision-makers in different fields.
As stated in the Analysis of the implementation of youth work in Lithuania youth work is part of social policy, which is mainly funded by the state or EU or other international funds i.e. the organisations which apply for funding must comply with top-down requirements, topics, etc. and are dependent on this funding. There is a need to promote a model of self-sustaining youth work organizations that are not solely dependent on-budget funding but are able to generate income themselves (e.g. providing services, establishing social businesses, etc.).
Discussion is taking place on implementing equal opportunities and non-discrimination principles.