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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.7 Raising awareness about youth work

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 28/12/2020 - 13:35

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  1. Information providers
  2. Key initiatives


Information providers 

As the main providers or commissioners of youth services, individual local authorities are the main providers of information on the learning opportunities included within their local offers. Statutory guidance says that local authorities should take the strategic lead and ‘publicise effectively to young people and their families the overall local offer of all services and activities available for young people locally’.

There is no central source of information and guidance on non-formal, informal and youth work learning opportunities; rather each local authority provides the information on its website, typically on a section such as integrated youth support services, youth support services, community, community learning and/or adult learning. Local authorities commonly also provide directories of youth organisations. As well as local authority websites, local authority run libraries are sources of information on learning programmes and youth organisations.

Generation Change is a UK charity partnership and sector-based network of youth social action organisations. Together with Step Up To Serve it coordinates ‘Horizon’, an online mapping tool which shows youth social action programmes across the UK, developed with the support of British Gas.

They have now mapped more than 1.2 million social action opportunities for 11- to 25-year-olds.

Key initiatives

NYA runs an annual Youth Work Week, which provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work. The theme of the 2019 youth work week, was ‘Youth Work in Action’. The theme for the 2020 Youth Work Week which took place from 2nd-5th November 2020, was “Ambitious for Youth Work”. 

For more information on awareness initiatives, please see the article ‘Raising awareness about youth volunteering opportunities’.