Participative Democracy Certificate

A youth award that provides SCQF level accreditation to young people involved in group decision-making. It gives participants the opportunity to acknowledge and develop their communication, decision-making and negotiation skills in the context of democratic engagement.

Who is it for? The PDC is available for young people involved in decision making groups but must be delivered by/or in partnership with a member of staff who has youth work or CLD experience. 

Accreditation? The Participative Democracy Certificate is worth 2 Credits at SCQF Level 5 (equivalent to National 5 or SVQ 2) and constitutes 20 hours of learning. YouthLink Scotland are responsible for the external quality assurance  

Cost? Full members of YouthLink Scotland receive 25 free portfolio submissions per year and associate members receive 10 free portfolio submissions per year. It is £10 +VAT thereafter for any additional portfolios. Non-members of YouthLink Scotland pay £12 +VAT per portfolio submission, regardless of the number going through the Award. 

Download the latest PDC guidance notes and templates

PDC Guidance Notes
(PDF, 1 MB)
PDC Proposal Form
(DOCX, 37 KB)
Individual Observation Report Task 1
(DOCX, 53 KB)
Individual Observation Report Task 2
(DOCX, 50 KB)
Lead Youth Worker's Observation Report
(DOCX, 49 KB)
Personal Reflection - Skills Questionnaire
(DOCX, 49 KB)
Portfolio Checklist and Internal Moderation
(DOCX, 24 KB)
PDC Case Study
(PDF, 681 KB)
PDC + National Youth Work Outcomes and Skills Framework
(PDF, 611 KB)

“We want to make it the norm for children and young people to be involved in decision-making across Scotland, so that they are at the heart of decisions that affect them at local and national levels in line with Article 12 (right to be heard) of the UNCRC.”

Scottish Government


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