YouthLink Scotland welcomes the final report from the National Discussion on Education. As part of the youth work sector’s involvement in the National Discussion 738 young people participating in youth work shared their views.
The national agency for youth work has asked Education Reform to ensure that every young person can access youth work as a fundamental element of their education and included vital recommendations.
The report recognises the vital role of youth workers in supporting health and wellbeing – helping to create safe learning spaces, facilitating youth voice and as trusted adults that provide pastoral care. It will be essential to build on the current role and impact of youth work in this space – with sustained investment and stronger coordination, to ensure young people can access the support they need, where and where they need it.
We applaud the report’s calls for a ‘learning system’ that works collectively as a ‘system-wide resource’. However, youth work educators must be included in the next steps to make this vision a reality.
We hope that the outcomes of this national discussion are embraced courageously by all those responsible for Educating Our Future. This is how we will make the culture and systemic changes needed a reality for our children and young people