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.


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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.