This chapter will discuss the concept of youth work in Spain, beginning with its history in recent years and following the order of the sub-chapters. Attention will be given to the existing legislation, the existing job calls for youth workers, their skills and competencies and other relevant aspects. It will gather up-to-date information in a brief and concise manner for the reader to easily acquire comprehensive knowledge on the general situation of the youth workers in Spain.
Following the common concept of youth work in Europe, defined in The Volume 6 of History of Youth Work in Europe as: “actions directed towards young people regarding activities where they take part voluntarily, designed for supporting their personal and social development through non-formal and informal learning”, this chapter will assess whether it fits well the Spanish context. On top of the local idiosyncrasies, it will also describe the existing debates about youth work in Spain and the future perspectives of this group of workers.