News, Blogs and Events

Keep your finger firmly on the pulse of Scotland’s youth work sector with our news, events & blogs library. You’ll get the top stories, best training opportunities and insightful comment from across the sector.

Education Reform: A Consultation on the Provisions of the Education Bill
We are keen to hear from youth work practitioners and young people to inform our response to this consultation. Join us from 4-5pm on Thursday 30th November for an online discussion to shape our response and consider how we can elevate the voice of young people.
Youth VIP training
Brush up on your ability to recruit, retain and develop young volunteers for your organisation. Online, 7th December, 11.30am-12.30pm
A Right to Youth Work - Exploring Current Policy Opportunities
YouthLink Scotland Policy Convention
Join us on Thursday 7th December for YouthLink Scotland’s annual online Policy Convention, to discuss the opportunities to further the cause for a right to youth work in Scotland. Online, 7 December, 9.45am-3pm.
Members Network
Members Network - The Role of Youth Work in #KeepingThePromise
The last Members Network of 2023 will explore the links between youth work and the Promise, with a chance to share and learn from best practice examples. Online, 12th December, 10-11.30am.

All News & Events


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Detached Youth Work Guidelines
Read our guidelines to providing detached and outreach youth work, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Topic:  Covid-19
  • Date:  7 July, 2020
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Outdoor Learning and Education Recovery
As Scotland moves out of lockdown and into the Covid-19 recovery phase, a new guide has been launched to support the planning and delivery of learning.
  • Topic:  Covid-19, Outdoor Learning
  • Date:  3 July, 2020
Group of five young men sitting on stairs, each holding up a sign - 'Skills for Life', 'I've gained accreditation', 'Skills for Learning', 'Helps me achieve' and 'Skills for work'.
Covid-19 & Youth Work: A Guide for Schools
Developed with the Youth Work COVID-19 Recovery Group, Covid-19 & Youth Work: A Guide for Schools explains how youth work can help schools to close the poverty-related attainment gap and improve outcomes for all children and young people.
  • Topic:  Covid-19, Education, Skills & Employability
  • Date:  27 June, 2020
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Survey report reveals £20m funding hit for sector as youth mental health crisis looms
Youth work leaders in Scotland have issued a stark warning to national politicians and local councils as a new report shows an immediate funding loss this year of £20 million to the sector.
  • Topic:  Covid-19, Funding, Policy & Influencing
  • Date:  21 May, 2020
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Lockdown Lowdown sends decision makers a powerful message from Scotland's young people.
#IWill Scottish ambassador Rachael Hatfield blogs about the results of the #LockdownLowdown survey, calling for the voices of young people to be heard as Scotland prepares for a new normal.
  • Topic:  Covid-19, Health & Wellbeing
  • Date:  27 April, 2020
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Updated #LockdownLowdown report provides detailed insight into current concerns of young people
We have worked with Young Scot and Scottish Youth Parliament to develop and expand our analysis of #LockdownLowdown - a survey of over 2,500 young people in Scotland about their concerns over Covid-19.
  • Topic:  Covid-19
  • Date:  23 April, 2020
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Survey reveals 96% of young people fear for future due to COVID-19
A new study commissioned by YouthLink Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot asked young people from every community in Scotland to share their concerns about COVID-19.
  • Date:  23 April, 2020
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Youth work and schools: case study evaluation
YouthLink Scotland is gathering a range of evidence from youth workers across Scotland, to demonstrate the impact of youth work on improving outcomes for young people.
  • Topic:  Education, Skills & Employability
  • Date:  23 March, 2020
Three finalists for the Inspirational Leader Award 2020 - Khaleda Noon (Intercultural Youth Scotland), Kelly Ross (Dumfries & Galloway Council), Andy Bathgate (SU Scotland)
Meet the finalists: Inspirational Leader (sponsored by Scottish Government)
Meet the finalists for the Inspirational Leader Award 2020.
  • Topic:  National Youth Work Awards
  • Date:  27 February, 2020
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Meet the winners: Lifetime Achievement – Fellowship of YouthLink Scotland (sponsored by YouthLink Scotland)
The Lifetime Achievement award recognises those who have consistently shown an outstanding commitment to youth work throughout their lives.
  • Topic:  National Youth Work Awards
  • Date:  13 February, 2020
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The Impact of Universal Youth Work
Read the findings of a critical review of the literature on Universal Youth Work, conducted by Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium and University of Edinburgh.
  • Topic:  Equality, Policy & Influencing
  • Date:  21 November, 2018
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YouthLink Scotland welcomes new Chief Executive
YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, is delighted to announce that the current deputy Chief Executive, Tim Frew, has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer, and will take up the post at the end of 2018.
  • Topic:  Corporate
  • Date:  27 February, 2018

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