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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

Last update: 26 January 2021


In 2011, Wales became the first UK country to incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into its domestic law. There is a clear emphasis on rights-based approaches to policy which can be seen throughout this chapter.

There has been a strong focus on quality in youth work through ongoing work on developing a national outcomes framework to help youth work organisations’ planning and evaluation. Since April 2017, there has also been the requirement for youth workers and youth support workers providing youth development services for or on behalf of schools, further education institutions, local authorities or voluntary organisations, to be registered with the regulatory body for teachers and other education staff, the Education Workforce Council.