Youth Work Resources

We know that good youth work requires good youth work resources. That’s why we’re continuing to build a comprehensive library of toolkits, lesson plans, publications, professional frameworks, case studies and guidance to help you improve your youth work practice. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Let us know.


Resource Type
Thematic Area
Publications & Research
Access to Facilities June 2021
Latest survey report of the youth work sector and access to facilities in June 2021.
Key Youth Work Sector Documents, Publications & Research
Statement on the Nature and Purpose of Youth Work
outhLink Scotland’s Statement on the nature and purpose of youth work received widespread support across the youth work sector. It is hoped that the Statement will help to inform the development of the National Youth Work Strategy.
Publications & Research, Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
#InvestInYouthWork Campaign Toolkit
Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
Scotland's Young People's Forest Toolkit for the Youth Work Sector
This toolkit aims to build youth workers' capacity and awareness around green skills and climate education for young people through training, resources and guidance.
Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
What on earth is digital youth work
Training materials to help you build confidence and get your digital youth work project off the ground.
Publications & Research
Your Mental Health and Wellbeing
Thumbnail for Scottish Outdoor Access code with cartoon graphic of young people in nature.
Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
Scottish Outdoor Access Code
The online Scottish Outdoor Access Code helps young people understand how to behave responsibly in the outdoors.
Imagine A Man toolkit
Publications & Research, Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
Imagine a Man Toolkit
Work with young people to explore and encourage positive masculinity using our in-depth toolkit.
Highland Cow in a social media photo frame
Case Studies & Good Practice, Publications & Research
High Life Highland: Digital Youth Work Research
The Highland Year of Young People social media project gave youth ambassadors unprecedented access to a project’s social media accounts. High Life Highland encouraged this to work safely by having conversations with ambassadors around what to post and when to seek help, and not making assumptions about young people’s digital knowledge.
Profile shot of Sara Galilea, research student at YouthLink Scotland.
Publications & Research
Youth Work's Role in Education
Dissertation by Public Policy MSc student Sara Galiliea, exploring youth work's role in education.
Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
Training Webinar - Engaging Young People with Green Spaces
In this recorded training session you will hear guidance and advice from expert speakers from The Green Team, Venture Scotland and Trees for Cities.
Guidance, Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
Ethics in Digital Youth Work
Guidance to help you think through ethics in relation to the use of digital tools and methods in a youth work setting.