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.

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Publications & Research
Climate change policies in the youth work sector
Dissertation by Sophie Hoult, a Masters student at University of Edinburgh, exploring current climate change policies in the youth work sector in Scotland in 2021
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Publications & Research
Youth work role in crime prevention
Dissertation by Karen Alejandra Garza Figueroa, an MSc International Development student, exploring youth work’s role in crime crime prevention.
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Publications & Research
Research Ethics Policy
A policy developed by YouthLink Scotland that clearly outlines our expectations when conducting, commissioning and partnering with other organisations in research and evaluation.
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Publications & Research
The Impact of Community-Based Youth Work in Scotland
In 2018 the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group conducted a national study to examine the impact of community-based universal youth work.
Publications & Research
The Impact of Community-Based Youth Work in Dumfries & Galloway
This research was delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northern Star and University of Edinburgh.
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Publications & Research
The Impact of Community-Based Youth Work in Edinburgh
This study was delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, LAYC (Lothian Association of Youth Clubs), Northern Star and University of Edinburgh
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Publications & Research
The Impact of LGBT Youth Scotland’s Digital Youth Work on Young People
This research conducted by YouthLink Scotland, Northern Star and University of Edinburgh examined the impact of LGBT Youth Scotland’s digital youth work on young people in 2020
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Publications & Research
Youth Work and Me 2023
A report outlining young people’s experiences of youth work in Scotland.
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Case Studies & Good Practice, Publications & Research
Citadel Youth Centre : Digital Youth Work Research
Discussions around cyber resilience and online safety developed in Citadel Youth Centre’s intergenerational activity programme Old’s Cool after it moved to online delivery during the Covid 19 lockdowns. Staying safe online and cyber resilience are also discussed.
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Case Studies & Good Practice, Publications & Research
YMCA Tayside: Digital Youth Work Research
YMCA Tayside’s Y Innovate digital hub hosts six-week courses for small groups of young people in primary seven who find the school environment challenging. Youth workers focus on young people’s interests to engage them in internet safety discussions.
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Case Studies & Good Practice, Publications & Research
Medway Youth Services: Digital Youth Work
Medway Youth Service’s Online Youth Club aims to engage with young people by providing different digital spaces where they can chat and take part in activities. Youth workers are able to see what content participants are viewing or creating, and discuss cyber resilience issues with them as they arise.
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Case Studies & Good Practice, Publications & Research
CodeBase Digital Skills 4 Girls: Digital Youth Work Research
CodeBase’s Digital Skills 4 Girls programme runs creative activity sessions using digital technology for girls and non-binary young people.