YouthLink Scotland is confident that the youth work sector can help Scottish Government and its partners keep The Promise by 2030. The organisation is re-committing to work with all of our stakeholders and The Promise Scotland, listening to the voices and experiences of our children, young people and youth workers with care experience. 

We share the Scottish Government’s vision that all of Scotland’s young people grow up loved, safe and respected so that they realise their full potential. To achieve this, we must do all we can to ensure our children grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding. The behavioural intent of youth work supports this aim. 

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of leaders in understanding the disproportionate impacts on different groups of young people and the need to respond to the consequences through an intersectional lens. As the National Agency for youth work, fundamental to our approach at YouthLink Scotland, is prioritising the rights of young people. Further, taking a rights-based approach is embedded into our national youth work outcomes and skills framework, with GIRFEC and UNCRC as necessary and integral features.  

We know youth workers are essential in engaging young people, often furthest from mainstream services. The youth work approach embodies the fundamental principles inherent in The Promise, placing relationships and love at the heart of working alongside young people – which, in turn, supports meeting many of the aims of the Promise and helping to deliver the renewed Scottish Government Implementation Plan (2022-2026).  

As part of our own renewed commitment to delivering on The Promise by 2030, we will: