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EACEA National Policies Platform


4. Social Inclusion

4.7 Youth work to foster social inclusion

Last update: 25 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 12/03/2018 - 16:30

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Main inclusive Youth-Work programmes and target groups

The National Youth Work Strategy 2014-2019, published in 2014, has a focus on reducing inequalities and targeting specific groups facing such inequalities It recognises that ‘both universal and more targeted, specific work have equal validity and importance’. It also recognises that there remains a fundamental need for community-based youth work, although services have been eroded in recent years, and that this continuing need applies especially to the most disadvantaged young people.

The strategy also states that those working with young people are well placed to make early interventions to break cycles of inequality – whether in health, poverty, education or other areas. There is an explicit commitment in the strategy to break these cycles and ‘ensure that all young people have opportunities which will improve their life chances’. The implementation plan includes an action to ‘encourage the participation of excluded and under-represented young people.’

Many youth work organisations in Scotland have social inclusion as a focus. For example, the Regen:Fx Youth Trust works with young people from regeneration areas to provide them with activities and projects to take part in, and so to discourage anti-social behaviour.