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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.2 Administration and governance of youth work

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectoral cooperation


In Sweden, there is no national level policy framework for youth work. Youth work is seen as a part of youth policy that should be a local level responsibility only. That means that youth work is a municipal responsibility, steered and financed at local level both when it comes to outreach activities and to youth centres and youth clubs. The work may be carried out and/or governed by different entities though, such as municipalities, CSOs, faith communities or schools. Youth work takes place in different localities, such as youth centres and clubs, sport facilities, schools and churches.

Cross-sectoral cooperation 

The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Socialdepartementet) is in charge of youth policy, and indirectly also for youth work. The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society (MUCF) works to ensure that the objectives of youth policy will be achieved. Various government agencies share the responsibility for young people’s living conditions, each within their sectorial responsibilities. More information can be found in section 1.4, Youth policy decision-making.