I have recently been scouting around the interweb looking for the key documents in the development of the Scottish youth work sector, since youth work was devolved to the Scottish Government (since 1999). They are all there on the interweb, but they are all over the place, having done the searching and found the pdf files, I thought I should catalogue them all here for my own ease of use, and yours if you are interested. If i have missed any please shout in the comments below…
Step it up – University of Strathclyde and The Princes Trust – the first move in defining Scottish youth work and the development of a toolkit for evaluation of the work.
Working and learning together to build stronger communities – Scottish Executive Guidance for Community Learning and Development – Scottish Executive – The document which cement the move from Community Education to Community Learning and Development, and with it a change for statuary Youth work and Youth work funding.
Statement on the Nature and Purpose of Youthwork – YouthLink Scotland – YouthLink, the agency for youth work in Scotland provides a key moment, defining of the sectors nature and purpose. (N.B. this link is to the 2009 edition, the text is the same as the 2005 edition but the key documents section has been updated.)
More Choices More Chances: A Strategy to Reduce the Proportion of Young People not in Education, Employment of Training In Scotland – Scottish Executive – The Idea of NEET young people was a perplexing one, youth work was seen as a way to get young people into education, employment or training.
Moving Forward: A Strategy for Improving Young People’s Chances Through Youth Work – Scottish Executive, the first youth work strategy document for Scotland. The key to the strategy was the uncovering the value of youth work and the insertion of youth work to wider policy initiatives.
Subject Benchmark Statement: Youth and Community Work – The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
A Code Of Ethics for Community Learning and Development – Taylor & Sercombe – The Full report into the development of a code of ethics for Community Learning and Development.