Participative Democracy Certificate

A youth work award that provides accreditation to young people actively 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.

Logo of the Participative Democracy Certificate

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? YouthLink Scotland members receive 20 free portfolio submissions each year, and 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 for details on the structure of the award

PDC Guidance Notes
(PDF, 5 MB)
PDC Portfolio Template
(PDF, 7 MB)
PDC Proposal Form
(DOCX, 44 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


The PDC could provide SCQF level accreditation and reward for the young people you work with. Get in touch with Stuart Winton to hear more about how the PDC could work for your group.