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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


Subject to public debate will soon become the new National Programme for Youth, as the current ends in 2022. Renewed EU Youth Strategy will (according to the interviewees) most likely influence the content of the new Programme. The new Programme, expected to start in 2023, will set future guidelines for the measures in the field of youth work.



Ongoing debates


The National conference of the youth sector (Nacionalni posvet mladinskega sektorja 2019) in 2019, organized by the Office for Youth in cooperation with the Youth Council of Slovenia, focused on the quality of youth work. It addressed quality issues in youth work, and raised questions related to monitoring and quality assurance in youth work. The 2020 National conference (Nacionalni posvet mladinskega sektorja 2020) took place online, thematically around the topics of space and participation for all. The conclusions of the debates from both conferences are likely to affect the new National Programme for Youth that is expected to be prepared by 2023 (the current Programme terminates in 2022).



Youth 2020 (Mladina 2020), the in-depth research on the situation of young people in Slovenia, was conducted by the Faculty of Arts (University of Maribor) together with the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Ljubljana). The research (funded by the Office for Youth) was largely designed as a follow-up to Youth 2010 and Youth 2000 researches, which enables an insight into long-term trends in the field of youth. The research provides a fundamental starting point for the new National Programme for Youth. In the preparation phase of the research youth organisations were invited to submit substantive proposals.


Debates about digital youth work as well as testing good practices in this field are especially relevant since the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic. Youth Network MaMa is collecting examples of good practices of digital youth work (Prakse mladinskih centrov v času epidemije COVID-19 and Prakse mladinskih centrov v času 2. vala epidemije COVID-19). Rapid development of digitisation, which has recently also taken place in youth work, is expected to have an impact also on the new calls for proposals for the co-funding of youth work programmes.


Currently, ‘local youth work’ is recognized as an important topic in the youth sector. In September 2021, Consultation of representatives of municipalities and youth centres "Together for local youth work" (Posvet predstavnikov občin in mladinskih centrov “Skupaj za lokalno mladinsko delo”) took place in the Youth center Koper (Center mladih Koper). The aim of the Consultation was to deepen relations between municipalities and youth centres, and exchange experiences in supporting youth work in local communities.