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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.

This work been developed collaboratively between partners in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Scotland. We have consulted with the youth work sector in these countries and through our wider international networks.

The Guidelines build on the report of the EU Expert Group on Digitalisation and Youth and are designed to complement the forthcoming EU Council Conclusions on Digital Youth Work and demonstrate how digital youth work plays a role in International agenda.

“The structure, methods and communication channels of youth work should adapt to the digital world: it should use technology and pedagogical practices to increase access and help young people cope with digital means. Digital youth work should be incorporated into youth workers‘ training and – where they exist – youth work occupational and competence standards.”

(Communication from the Commission “Engaging, Connecting and Empowering young people: a new EU Youth Strategy” COM(2018) 269)

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