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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

Thanks to the inclusion of the youth worker profession in the Classification Register and activism of numerous civil society and youth and for youth organisations, debates regarding key mechanisms for recognition of skills gained through informal channels are taking place.  

One of the things that should be regulated is the education of youth workers. For now, diplomas issued by NAPOR are recognized only at the level of the youth sector, but not by state institutions. The next step would be for NAPOR to apply for a publicly recognized organizer of adult education activities (see Glossary) on the basis of which the diplomas issued by NAPOR would be officially recognized.

Ongoing debates

After 10 years of application of the mechanism for quality assurance of youth work programmes and due to the change of context and conditions in which youth work is conducted in Serbia today, it is necessary to revise the accreditation process of the associations, as well as adjust all developed mechanisms to NAPOR’s member organizations. In an effort to make a serious change in the current practice in the implementation of the accreditation process, within the project "Youth work as a generator of change" implemented by the National Association of Youth Work Practitioners - NAPOR with the financial support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Serbia the formation of the Working Group for Quality Assurance of Youth Work is underway.

The working group will draft a proposal for improving the quality of youth work programs that leads to providing quality services for young people in Serbia, but also opens space for discussion, what is the concept of quality in youth work and how the quality can be ensured.