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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries

Last update: 25 January 2021
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  1. Mechanisms and actors


Mechanisms and actors

Responsibility for youth policy is split across ministerial portfolios and Directorates. This is dealt with in the sub-heading ‘Structure of decision-making’ in the article ’Youth Policy Decision-Making’.

Forums, advisory groups, cross-ministerial working parties etc., are set up on an ad hoc basis to deal with particular issues. However, Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is the national approach to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of children which underpins all policy, practice, strategy and legislation affecting children, young people and their families. See the article on 'Youth Policy Decision Making' for further information.

The National Performance Framework (NPF) sets out the Scottish Government’s purpose and strategic objectives. The NPF can provide a structure for coordination of policy through its focus on working towards agreed outcomes. It means that the whole of the public sector is aligned and works in partnership to achieve the Government’s objectives. The NPF consists of four parts:

  • the Government’s Purpose and its associated targets
  • five Strategic Objectives that describe where actions will be focused
  • 16 National Outcomes that describe what the Government wants to achieve
  • 50 National Indicators that enable progress to be tracked.

There is vertical coordination also, with local authorities producing ‘Single Outcome Agreements’ (SOAs), in line with the NPF’s overall vision and strategic objectives. An SOA is an agreement between a Community Planning Partnership (CPP) and the Scottish Government which sets out the priority outcomes for each area and how the CPP will work towards achieving them. It also shows how the local priorities contribute to the national priorities.