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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth Work

Last update: 27 January 2021

The 2019 Youth Work Strategy for Wales was launched by the Welsh Government in 2019.  In Wales youth work is seen as an intrinsic element of youth support services which seek to ensure that all 11- to 25-year-olds have the services, support and experiences they need to achieve their potential. It is a universal entitlement, open to all young people.  The new strategy provides the following definition:

 ‘Youth work in Wales promotes and actively encourages opportunities for all young people in order that they may fulfil their potential as empowered individuals and as members of groups and communities, thereby improving their life chances. It supports them through significant changes in their lives and encourages them to gain and develop knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values, and to make constructive use of their skills, resources and time. In doing so it promotes opportunities and access for all young people whatever their race, gender, sexual identity, language, religion, disability, age, background or personal circumstances. A key role for youth work is to challenge oppression and inequality, while supporting and enabling young people to keep themselves safe.’