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4. Social Inclusion

4.7 Youth work to foster social inclusion

Last update: 28 November 2023

Youth work policy pays particular attention to young people at risk of poverty or social exclusion and thus aims to ensure that all young people gain the opportunities and resources necessary to fully participate in economic, social and cultural life.

The national framework on non-formal education of children and young people defines inclusion as an overarching educational principle of youth work. In this document, inclusion means responding to the diversity of the children and young people through the design of learning arrangements and enabling everyone to contribute with their individual experiences and competences (MENJE & SNJ, 2021).

Outreach Youth Work is a youth-work programme which is offered by local youth centres. The programme targets inactive young people who are in a NEET status (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) and have low motivation and resources to manage their professional integration.

Financial support for youth work engaged in social inclusion programmes is provided by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth. Since there is a global budget for youth work, the budget for social inclusion programmes cannot be displayed separately.