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YouthLink Scotland. Strategic vision for work with young people SURF conference May 2002. Maureen Mallon Development Manager YouthLink Scotland. YouthLink Scotland. 2002, 60th Anniversary year New brief from April 2002:

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    1. YouthLink Scotland Strategic vision for work with young people SURF conference May 2002

    2. Maureen Mallon Development Manager YouthLink Scotland

    3. YouthLink Scotland 2002, 60th Anniversary year New brief from April 2002: The national point of access to informal education work with young people in Scotland, serving both voluntary and statutory sectors

    4. YouthLink Scotland 50% funded by Scottish Executive to deliver a range of services to the sector

    5. YouthLink Scotland’s role • articulate a national vision for young people • develop a framework for good youth work practice • support statutory/voluntary sector partnerships at local and national level • map the work of the sector • find champions for young people and youth work • secure resources for youth work

    6. YouthLink Scotland The policy context • Osler and 4/99 - the challenge of community learning and development • The policy jungle - from Community Planning to Active Communities

    7. Young People young people are: • moral beings • enthusiastic learners • passionate believers • tolerant democrats Yet not all realise their potential

    8. Youth work ‘The key purpose of youth work is to work with young people to facilitate their personal, social, and educational development, and to enable them to gain a voice, influence, and place in society in a period of their transition from dependence to independence’ National Occupational Standards for Youth Work

    9. Youth Work • For the last century and a half, youth work has been • Combating social exclusion; • Promoting lifelong learning; • Developing active citizens • Developing safe communities. • Promoting rights and responsibilities • Promoting health

    10. Strategic context • At United Nations level: • UN Special Session on Children • 8 - 10 May in New York • first ever ‘holistic’ session on children • UK issues • lack of information for young people • need to involve them in decision making • education, poverty, and discrimination

    11. Strategic context • At European level: • EC White Paper on Youth - November 2001 • participation • information • voluntary service among young people • greater understanding of youth issues • taking account of young people in other policy areas

    12. Strategic context Scotland: • SE draft priorities for young people • involvement in policy development • preparation for employment and training • life skills through informal education • citizenship and community participation • participation in leisure activities • Community Learning and Development • Synergy between statutory and voluntary

    13. Scottish Crime Survey 2000 • 50% of young people had been the recent victim of crime • 33% of young people had recently committed offences • 36% had recently experienced adversarial police contact • The main issues young people worried about were doing badly at school and finding a job

    14. Scottish Executive response Announced this morning (16.5.02) Ministerial task group charged with “taking stock” of rising youth crime

    15. Targeting or entitlement agendas? Sport for All: new sporting comprehensives in North Lanarkshire Glasgow City Council’s Young Scot card carries a free swim entitlement for all

    16. Some Key Issues • Competition between sectors and agencies diminishes provision capacity • Lack of joint planning leads to duplication and gaps • Responding to new priorities leads to others falling down the agenda (until the next time?!)