YouthLink Scotland is hosting a fourth year CLD student from the University of Dundee who is currently doing a research internship with our organisation.

The research will explore existing youth work provision within schools, particularly in relation to closing the attainment gap.

This is an opportunity for youth workers, with experience of delivering youth work in or with schools, to take part in a focus group around this topic, the findings of the focus group will then be analysed and be used to inform a research report. These focus groups will be carried out at YouthLink Scotland’s offices at Rosebery House in Edinburgh on 18 January (1pm to 3pm).

For further information about the research and to express your interest in participating in the focus group please contact Adam Kerr, Research Intern at AKerr@youthlinkscotland.org.

Youth work has a significant impact on improving the life chances of Scotland's young people. The National Youth Work Strategy 2014-19, developed jointly by YouthLink Scotland, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland, sets out our ambitions for improving outcomes for young people through youth work. In the summer an Interim Report showing progress so far was published, and we now have a set of eight new priorities for 2017-19, which support the five original ambitions of the strategy.

The eight priorities will be supported by an action plan. The priorities can also be tracked to short, medium and long term outcomes, shown as a logic model. We believe that this approach will help us to continue to measure the impact of youth work on young people’s lives. We would encourage all youth workers and stakeholders to engage with the new priorities. A range of new materials for the priorities, actions and logic model can be found on our website. https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/policy/national-youth-work-strategy/

We hope that this will provide a timely framework as we approach the Year of Young People in 2018 and the next round of CLD Planning.

For further information, please contact Susan Hunter, Senior Policy and Research Officer. Email: shunter@youthlinkscotland.org.

LGBT Youth Scotland is pleased to announce the release of 'Supporting Transgender Young People', their comprehensive and easy-to-follow guidance for Scottish schools and teachers.

Developed in partnership with the Scottish Trans Alliance, this resource aims to help primary and secondary education staff support transgender children and young people and is informed by the experiences of young people and teachers.

It has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Equality Unit and following rigorous consultation, 31 organisations and 16 local authorities have endorsed this publication, including the Children’s and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland and key organisations working with children and young people.

More young people feel confident to ‘come out’ to their friends and families as transgender at a younger age. This is a positive step forward as it allows them to discuss their feelings and access support when it’s most needed. It does, however, have clear implications for school environments, with teachers telling us that they often lack knowledge and confidence in this area.

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LSE invite you to take a survey about young people, Europe and active citizenship in a time of transition in the UK. They would like to hear your opinions on things like the country you live in, schooling, fees, politics, voting and Brexit.

The survey will take roughly 20 minutes, and all respondents who take the survey will be eligible for a prize draw of a £20, £50 or £100 Amazon voucher to be awarded in early 2018.

To participate in oursurvey, please visit the following links:

For 16-18 year olds.

For 20-26 year olds.

This research project, CATCH-EyoU – Constructing AcTive CitizensHip with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions is funded by the European Commission, includes universities from 7 other EU countries, and is run in the UK by the London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Media and Communications. For more details, visit http://www.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/CATCH-EyoU.aspx or email Sam Mejias at s.mejias@lse.ac.uk.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is calling for third sector organisations across the country to put supports in place to encourage EU nationals on their staff to remain in Scotland.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 117,000 EU nationals left the UK in 2016 – the year of the referendum – a 36% increase on 2015. Despite not legally being required to leave Scotland, many EU nationals no longer feel welcome or confident enough to stay in Scotland long term.

This is partly due to the outcome of the referendum, the rhetoric used throughout the campaign and the media coverage of it. Worryingly, between May and September 2017 Crimestoppers experienced an 88% increase in all hate crime contacts and a 40% increase on contacts regarding racism, compared to the previous five month period.

John Downie, Director of Public Affairs at SCVO, said: “Scotland’s economy, public services and third sector are strengthened thanks to the contribution made by our valued EU colleagues, and we believe it is crucial that they are supported to continue doing the great work they do, particularly within the third sector. We wish to encourage third sector organisations to make the effort and take the action required to offer at least some certainty and support to friends and colleagues who have come from other EU nations".

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