Thu 7 Dec 2023: 9:45AM
YouthLink Scotland

Policy Convention 2023: A Right to Youth Work

Venue: Online
Prices: Free – YouthLink Scotland Members | £10 – non-members

YouthLink Scotland are delighted to reveal the agenda for their forthcoming online Policy Convention that will place youth work at the heart of education reform discussions.

Scheduled for 7 December 2023, A Right to Youth Work – Exploring Current Policy Opportunities will provide a platform for exploring the best way forward to secure meaningful political recognition for youth work in Scotland, offering insights into policy opportunities amidst political upheaval.

The convention aims to galvanise youth workers, managers and the wider sector by showcasing real progress in youth work’s policy agenda in Scotland and promises to be more than just an event; it is about building creating a movement for all those who are passionate about the transformative power of youth work.

There is an exciting array of key speakers and inputs, with ministerial input from Graeme Dey MSP, Minister for Further and Higher Education followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with MSPs from across the political spectrum.

The panel will be tasked with delving deep into the nuances of Education Reform, and includes Pam Duncan-Glancy, Scottish Labour MSP for Glasgow and party spokesperson for education and skills.

James Withers, Head of Skills Review in Scotland, will provide an input on his vision for a transformed learning and skills system – setting out the case for transformational change and the role of youth work

Shirley Donegan, prominent academic from TU Dublin, will provide a robust analysis of the Youth Work Act Ireland (2002), exploring how legislative advancements in Ireland have yielded significant benefits for the sector.

The convention will also feature an array of other distinguished speakers, including:

· An international perspective from Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot from the European Commission.

· National Youth Agency CEO Leigh Middleton, speaking on UK Government’s new statutory guidance for youth work and a journey to a National Youth Work Strategy for England.

· YouthLink Scotland’s Education Lead Marielle Bruce discussing the integration of youth work into educational and employability systems.

· Plus, inspiring contributions from OPEN Project’s Shannon Boston, Vikki Carpenter from CLD Standards Council; Volunteer Scotland; Scottish Youth Parliament and more.

YouthLink Scotland invites youth workers, senior managers, and anyone with a stake in youth work to join this convention. The time is now to engage with thought leaders, policymakers, and peers to champion the cause of youth work in Scotland.

This event is free to YouthLink Scotland Members and £10 for non-members – early sign up is advised.

For more information, contact Kevin Kane on

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