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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


10. Youth work

10.8 Current debates and reforms

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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

The Government has initiated a ‘Recreation Card’ trial. All children aged 6-18 in selected municipalities will receive a partial subsidy to cover organized recreational activities. The goal is to make participation in recreational activities less dependent on socio-economic backgrounds. In the first municipalities to take part in the trial, Arendal and Vadsø, the children are given NOK 2000 per year. More municipalities will be included in the trial in 2020. Experiences from the trial will be used to appraise a future national scheme for leisure/recreational cards in Norway. The recreational card trial is considered part of the ‘Recreation Declaration’ [Fritidserklæringen].

Ongoing debates

Youth Work Norway [Ungdom og Fritid] is currently lobbying for:

  • the introduction of a national incentive scheme to encourage municipalities to prioritise youth work

  • earmarking of state funds for youth work

  • establishment of quality standards in the area of youth work