News 03.09.2019

European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work and 18 new good practice videos about digital youth work are out

In the International Digital Youth Work Summit in Glasgow on Tuesday 2rd September 2019 we publish new European Guidelines, aim to build capacity to deliver digital youth work at local, national, regional and European levels. Guidelines are part of The Digital Youth Work Project which is a transnational Erasmus+ project with seven partners from six different countries across European Union.

The European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work have been designed to clearly define Digital Youth Work, its impact and the value of youth work as an important educational practice which can empower young people in a digitalising society. The guidelines give practical and ethical guidance to youth workers, managers and organisations. They also include a call to action for funders and policy makers for the youth work sector, outlining steps they can take to enable the development of digital youth work for all young people.

The guidelines have been developed collaboratively between partners in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Scotland. Suvi Tuominen, Manager, Verke, believes working together benefits young people: “We have gained new insights from international colleagues, something we can use also in our national work in the future“.

The good practice videos published in Digital Youth Work Project website showcase altogether 36 good practices from all the partner organisations. These short videos highlight how diverse the practices and realities are across Europe and how different approaches have historically been applied. While some countries have focused more on online safety or online counselling, some have adopted more of a hands-on approach with maker activities. However it’s evident in all the videos that youth work is at the core of every digital practice.

Check the materials and read more:

The project partners

YouthLink Scotland, Centre for Digital Youth Care (Denmark), Verke – the Centre of Expertise for Digital Youth Work (Finland), wienXtra MedienZentrum (Austria), JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik (Germany), National Youth Council of Ireland and Camara Education Limited (Ireland).