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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.2 Administration and governance of youth work

Last update: 14 January 2021
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectoral cooperation




The main responsibilities in youth work fall within 2 entities – Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the Youth Work Profession Board.

Legal notice 522 of 2010 that established Aġenzija Żgħażagħ – the national youth agency - states that the agency is to carry out functions related to youth affairs and specifically to ensure the highest standards in youth work as well as to formulate, co-ordinate, manage and evaluate youthwork  programmes  which  promote  active  youth participation and the empowerment of young people.

Youth Work Profession Board was established through the Youth Work Profession Act. The Board is responsible to establish and assess existing youthwork  standards  and  develop  new  continuing  youthwork  professional  development  and  other  standards, and recommend to the Minister in responsible for youth in relation to initial and  continuing  youth  work  education,  proficiency, experience  and  other  qualifications  required  for youth work holding a warrant; consider, process and make recommendations to the Minister with regard to applications and recognition of qualifications in youth work; examine  applications  and  make recommendations  to  the  Minister  on  the  award  or refusal for  a  warrant  to  practice  youth  work  in  Malta  thereof; keep  an  official  register  of  all  registered  youth workers and youth work  associations; make recommendations to the Minister on the Code of Ethics for the professional behaviour of  youth  workers; inquire into any allegation of professional misconduct,  negligence or incompetence by a youth worker.


Cross-sectoral cooperation


Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, the National Youth Agency is charged with liaising and ensuring  the  necessary  coordination between Government departments and other agencies in the implementation of youth policy and measures or initiatives  proposed  by  Government  ensuring quality standards in youth work. In this regard the agency collaborates with different Ministries including the Ministry for Inclusion and Social Wellbeing,the Ministry for Education and Employment, the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity, the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, the Ministry for Health and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, through several youth work programmes. In such collaborations the either agency provides youth work expertise through professional youth workers that are engaged to work in such programmes or collaborates with the youth workers engaged with other agencies within the mentioned Ministries.