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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.9 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 25 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 04/08/2020 - 


There is ongoing debate in Scotland on the role of community learning and development, including youth work, in the context of the UK Government’s continued public spending reductions. Organisations involved in providing community learning and development face new and complex needs for their services, and increased pressure on their capacity.

As of August 2018, the Scottish Government has policy lead responsibility for community learning and development (CLD), youth work, and adult learning, providing advice to Scottish Government Ministers and working with stakeholders to develop and implement policy for CLD. The Education Scotland CLD team will continue to work closely with Scottish Government policy colleagues. 

In January 2020, the Scottish government published a progress report on actions agreed by Cabinet members and children and young people. Four working groups were set up to examine various areas of governance regarding young people and their participation in decision-making. From this, the government committed to publishing a Year of Young People evaluation report to help to inform the strategic approach to participation. As of August 2020 this has not yet been published.