Policy Consultations

We closely monitor the policy horizon for the latest policy developments relevant to the youth work sector. Alongside members and broader stakeholders, we formulate consultation responses on the sector’s behalf and build the capacity of those with a stake in youth work services to do the same.

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YouthLink Scotland supports the development of youth work policy impacting on young people’s lives. We investigate and respond to current and emerging policy and legislative issues affecting young people and the youth work sector. The priority for the policy and research team is to ensure that YouthLink Scotland’s policy agenda is reflective and responsive to the needs of those we represent. 


Thematic Area
Police Scotland's Big Youth Conversation 2023-2024
Police Scotland's Big Youth Conversation aims to reach young people aged 11-25 in all of Scotland’s communities. The survey will remain open all year, until 31 March 2024. The data and what you have said will then be compiled into a summary document, which will be used to share what they've learned and invite you to take part in focus groups, workshops or other discussions in.
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Care Leaver Payment: Consultation on Policy Proposals
The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the proposed Care Leaver Payment. The consultation contains questions on a range of issues including the purpose of the payment, the eligibility criteria of the payment, and the support required to apply for and manage the payment. Closes 26th January.
Your Views on Additional Support for Learning (ASL) in Scotland
The Education, Children and Young People Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into Additional Support for Learning (ASL). The Committee want to know people’s experiences of how services are provided. They want to hear views from a range of people including parents, teachers, support staff, carers, pupils and organisations. Closes 31st December.
Let's Be Heard – Sharing Scotland's COVID Experience
This platform is where people can share their experiences with the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry. This stage of Let’s Be Heard will run until 20th December 2023.
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Tackling the Nature and Climate Emergency
We are a looking for your help in consulting and engaging young people in how we tackle the nature and climate emergency we are now facing. Our vision is to be Nature Positive, halting biodiversity loss by 2030 and to have restored and regenerated biodiversity across the country by 2045… But have we got the right list of actions and tasks in the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and Delivery Plan right? Closes on 14th December.
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Education Reform: A Consultation on the Provisions of the Education Bill
The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the proposals to replace the SQA and approaches to maximise the role inspection plays in providing assurance and supporting teachers and other practitioners to improve education in Scotland, including through legislation. Closes on 8th December.
Creating a Smokefree Generation and Tackling Youth Vaping
This consultation asks questions on proposed action to protect future generations from the harms of smoking, by creating the first smokefree generation. It also asks about proposals to crack down on youth vaping and ensure the law is enforced.
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YouthLink Scotland Response to National Discussion on Education
YouthLink Scotland response to the extended consultation on the National Discussion on Education and the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment
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Youth Work & Poverty Policy Briefing
In-depth policy paper on the link between youth work, poverty and human rights. This brief outlines why youth work must be a key partner in the Scottish Government's plans to tackle poverty in Scotland.
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Democracy Matters
This consultation provides another opportunity for as many voices as possible to be heard to help shape future local democratic systems and processes. Closes 28th February 2024.
Your Police 2023-2024
Police Scotland's public engagement activities help them improve how they deliver their policing services in local communities, ensuring they are accessible for everyone. Closes 31st March 2024.
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Youth Work and Poverty Policy Brief
The transformative power of youth work to improve the lives of children and young people and meet the aims of the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan (2022-2027).

Need a chat?

Get in touch with Kevin Kane (Policy and Research Manager)