10.7 Raising awareness about youth work
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- Key initiatives
YouthLink Scotland is the main source of information on youth work policy, research, outcomes, consultations, and case studies, events, training, resources and networks.
Youth Scotland also hosts a variety of information about youth work initiatives, essentials, resources, awards, and training and events.
However, there is no central source of information and guidance on formal, informal and youth work learning opportunities. Individual course providers and sector organisations provide information on their own courses.
To raise awareness of the range of international opportunities open to young people in Scotland and to those who work with them, the Erasmus+ UK National Agency organises annual information sessions for prospective new applicants and networking events for experienced youth beneficiaries, as well as detailed guidance online.
The Awards Network is a forum of providers of non-formal learning awards across Scotland. Its members include the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Young Scot. It aims to raise awareness of the variety of awards available to young people aged 12 to 25 that use youth work approaches.
The Awards Network developed the publication,Amazing Things: a Guide to the Youth Awards in Scotland, which highlights the range of awards.
Furthermore, in 2018 the Scottish government celebrated the Year of Young People which aimed to raise awareness for youth initiatives, including youth work, and celebrate young people’s achievements and create new opportunities.