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
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Policy & Consultations
Policy Convention Report - Youth Work is Human Rights Work
Our Policy Convention in 2022 with the theme - Youth Work is Human Rights Work, came as the youth work sector continued to advocate for social policy changes affecting children and young people. Read the recommendations here.
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Policy & Consultations
YouthLink Scotland Policy Brief - Youth Work and School-age Childcare
YouthLink Scotland policy brief outlining youth work sector’s role in delivering the Scottish Government’s vision for a high quality, affordable and accessible system of school-age childcare.
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Decision-making: Children and Young People's Participation
This guidance is to support those who are required to or want to engage with children and young people as part of their decision-making.
The Link Sector Magazine
The Link - 2016 - Expo
An overview of the value of youth work to young people and society at large.
Publications & Research
Youth Work: A Guide for Schools (2023 edition)
An overview of the role and value of youth work and school partnerships
Policy & Consultations
It's Our Future
The final report from the team led by Professor Louise Hayward
Policy & Consultations
Every Learner in Scotland Matters
Overview of recommendations from the National Discussion on Education.
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Publications & Research
Digital Youth Work Survey Results
Results and key findings from our 2023 digital youth work survey show a clear correlation between digital youth work and building cyber resilience. The research also shows how digital youth work contributes to national youth work outcomes.
Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
Template for Evaluation Planning - National Youth Work Outcomes and Skills Framework
A template to support evaluation planning using the National Youth Work Outcomes and Skills Framework.
The Scottish Attainment Challenge Framework for Recovering and Accelerating Progress
Scottish Government Guidance for Schools and Local Authorities as they plan and evaluate their impact in relation to the Scottish Attainment Challenge
Case Studies & Good Practice, Publications & Research
YouthLink Scotland - Food Insecurity and Learning Loss Pilot
Evaluation report
Training/Toolkits/Session Plans
Scotland's Equity Toolkit
Information signposting practitioners to what can be done to support equity in education and address the poverty related attainment gap throughout the learner journey