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.

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Into Film's Youth Advisory Council
Do you know a young person who would be interested in learning more about the screen sector and helping to shape the work of Into Film? They can apply to become a member of the Into Film Youth Advisory Council! Apply by 15th October.
  • Topic:  Arts
  • Date:  26 September, 2023
A young person looks out of the window.
Young People’s Mental Health Deteriorated at Greater Rate During the Pandemic
Major new study shows young people’s mental health deteriorated during COVID-19, with higher levels of depression and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties than before the pandemic hit.
  • Topic:  Health & Wellbeing
  • Date:  22 September, 2023
Three birds standing on a piece of wood.
Species on the Edge Youth Panel
Find out more about how young people can work with NatureScot and seven conservation charities dedicated to improving the future of 37 of the rarest and most threatened species on Scotland’s coasts and islands.
  • Topic:  Learning for Sustainability
  • Date:  21 September, 2023
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National Summary Report for the Scottish Attainment Challenge 2022 – 2023
Education Scotland has published its third National Summary Report for 2022 - 2023, which provides key messages about the impact of the ongoing Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC).
  • Topic:  Education, Skills & Employability
  • Date:  21 September, 2023
Many Teens Feel Unsafe and Anxious, But Are Positive About Future - Poll
Survation conducted an online poll of 2,014 people aged 13-18 in the UK on behalf of BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Bitesize recently. The survey asked teens about body image, anxiety, and vaping, and reveals concerns about online safety. 
  • Topic:  Health & Wellbeing
  • Date:  20 September, 2023
The Good Childhood Report
This year’s report reveals that too many young people are unhappy with their lives. 10% of the children aged 10-17 who completed the survey had low wellbeing, and almost a third were unhappy with at least one specific area of their lives.
  • Topic:  Health & Wellbeing, Learning for Sustainability
  • Date:  20 September, 2023
Gen Z Putting “Dream Jobs” on Hold
Gen Z are putting their 'dream jobs' on hold, as two-thirds of young people say they have lowered their expectations for the future due to rising cost of living, according to a new report from The Prince's Trust and LADbible Group.
  • Topic:  Education, Skills & Employability, Poverty
  • Date:  19 September, 2023
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Committee Urges Government Action to Strengthen Culture in Communities
A Holyrood Committee has published a new report highlighting the challenges in supporting culture to thrive within communities across Scotland.
  • Topic:  Arts
  • Date:  18 September, 2023
Youth-Led Research Blog Series
A five-part blog series will be published in YouthLink Scotland's fortnightly Youth Work Briefing, giving youth workers insight into the process of putting young people at the heart of a research project.
  • Topic:  Research
  • Date:  18 September, 2023
National Youth Sector Census for England
This latest National Youth Agency report from the Census shows that a fifth of youth work organisations have a waiting list of between three and six months and are struggling to meet demand. Despite undeniable need for these services, a quarter of voluntary sector organisations delivering youth work have less than six months’ of reserves.  
  • Topic:  Active Youth Work
  • Date:  18 September, 2023
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Protecting Children’s Rights in Scots Law
The Scottish Parliament has agreed to consider amendments to the legislation that will incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law.
  • Topic:  Rights, Participation & Volunteering
  • Date:  18 September, 2023
Churchill Fellowship Open for Applications
Successful applicants can spend between four and eight weeks learning from leading practitioners, innovators and experts overseas on a chosen subject with a view to using learning to develop solutions for the UK. 
  • Date:  14 September, 2023

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