For youth work practices to advance, co-operation and synergies between member states' public authorities, youth organisations and the Council of Europe youth department are essential. Member states are encouraged to develop their youth work policy and practice and to adopt a range of measures that will strengthen the support youth work needs at local, regional, national and European levels.
Here are a number of measures members states can undertake:
- Translate and disseminate (in accessible formats) the text of the Recommendation to relevant authorities and stakeholders (click here to see which versions are available);
- In co-ordination with other relevant policy sectors, prepare strategies, frameworks, legislation, sustainable structures and resources that promote equal access to youth work for all young people;
- Establish a coherent and flexible competency-based framework for the education and training of paid and volunteer youth workers that takes into account existing practice, new trends and arenas, as well as the diversity of youth work;
- Foster national and European research on the different forms of youth work and their value, impact and merit;
- Promote the sharing of practices and exchange of experiences among partners and stakeholders at both national and European levels;
- Support the development of appropriate forms of review and evaluation of youth work.
Below you will find information about developments in member states' and states parties' youth work policy and practices.
The information in this section has been provided by the CDEJ members and is their responsibility.
Austria has recently introduced a Competence Framework for Youth Work to make youth workers' ompetences visible and comparable. It also aims to stimulate the development of key competences which benefit children and young people.
Further information: Competence Framework for Youth Workers [only in German]
The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Human Resources Development Authority are in dialogue with the National Youth Council and the Youth Board of Cyprus to investigate the possibility of setting up occupational standards for youth workers on the basis of the Council of Europe's recommendation on youth work (CM/Rec(2017)4).
To increase access to youth work services for all children and young people, Smart youth work was one of the priorities throughout the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and it resulted in the adoption of the conclusions on smart youth work. Supporting youth participation and social activism, including their involvement in decision making and getting their opinion taken into account in legislation and budgeting, but also in daily operation routines of institutions, has been prioritised in youth work.
The Finnish Government adopted a National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme (2017-19) on 12 October 2017. The programme includes the objectives and measures determined by the key ministries for promoting young people’s growth and living conditions. In addition, it sets out the guidelines for supporting youth work and related activities, including the key criteria for eligibility for state aid for the national youth work centres of expertise. The programme also establishes the national objectives for youth activities in the European and international context.
The Ministry of Education and Culture has approved the youth work centres of expertise for the years 2018-19. Youth work centres of expertise develop and promote basic and special expertise as well as expert and other services in youth-related issues by generating, compiling, making use of or sharing knowledge and information on young people, youth work or youth policy.
A portal with national statistics on municipal youth work, youth workshops and outreach youth work has been developed by the Regional State Administrative Agencies in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Culture. The statistics are available in Swedish and English.
The 2017 study on youth work at national and local level identified the main issues and challenges in the youth field that need to be tackled. These include providing basic infrastructure for emerging youth work in municipalities; building capacities of youth NGOs; strengthening exchange of knowledge and experiences among those involved in youth work through joint projects and collecting disaggregated data on young people having emigrated to ensure not only their societal inclusion but also effective youth policy planning.
The Ministry of Education and Science organises an annual contest for “The Best in Youth Work” which expresses the Ministry of Education and Science's appreciation to local governments, those involved in youth work, as well as to youth organisations and associations that perform youth work thus investing in improving the quality of life of young people.
The formulation and implementation of Lithuanian youth policy is focusing on the following activities:
- building capacities of open youth centres and spaces;
- promoting new forms of open youth work – street youth work and mobile youth work;
- adopting a new youth law;
- creating a national system of youth volunteering;
- conducting studies and research on youth policy and promoting active youth participation.
The Portuguese Association of Professional Youth Workers was established in 2018 to enable the development and consolidation of youth work recognition as a profession and also a voluntary activity.
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To define youth work at national level, co-ordination meetings with youth organisations, the Centre for Vocational Education and Training and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy have been conducted.
For the effective implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec (2017)4 on youth work, a national programme entitled "Youth Worker" has been successfully implemented. Within this programme, 45 regional basic trainings and five training for trainers’ were organised in 2017, training about 800 youth workers. Seven specialised trainings were held for a total number of 123 participants.