Youth Policy Watch - Youth Work
Based on the work performed by YEU AO and MOs, it is important as well to follow the issue of youth work.
Starting, this semester, the Advisory Council of Council of Europe (CoE)and Joint Council on Youth met in Budapest to discuss on youth wordk. The discussion focused on a variety of issues which some of them were tangible, like the drafting of recommendation on youth work, a study on innovative forms of youth participation (including co-management) and creating recommendations on young people’s access to their rights, which is expected to be adopted soon by the Committee on Ministers.
At the same tdime, the Civil Society Europe and its working group on Civil Society Recognition, has prepared a questionnaire on an assessment of civil dialogue mechanisms open for both European and national NGOs and associations. The responses to the questionnaire as well as the results of interviews with NGOs and EU institutions will contribute to the preparation of a report on the State of the Union of civil dialogue in the EU to be issued in the autumn.This survey aims at analysing Civil Society Organisations (NGOs, associations) interaction with the different European Union institutions and the possibility to share their expertise and influence decisions on EU policies and legislation.
Moreover on the topic of Youth Work, YEU will be participating at the Consultation on Draft Committee of Ministers Recommendation on Youth Work. Next to the development of the “We are Youth Work”-campaign, raising public awareness and societal recognition of youth work; the European Youth Forum-YFJ (where YEU is member) is actively continuing the institutional advocacy work in order to strengthen also the political recognition of youth work. One of the key processes through which we are doing this is the Drafting Group for the CM Recommendation on youth work, which as you might remember we have been pushing for through the 2nd European Youth Work Convention. As set by the consultation, the goal and the impact aims to contribute to strengthening the position of youth work and at the same time it has a very significant political aspect as it will be adopted at and directed to the level of political leadership of member states.
In relation to YFJ, YEU in line with the European Youth Forum welcomes the adoption of the Council Conclusions on “the role of the youth sector in an integrated and cross-sector approach to preventing and combating violent radicalization”. However, as YFJ also highlights, it important for wider society and different sectors to jointly tackle this issue, in order to avoid blaming and stigmatising vulnerable young people. To encourage this engagement, the European Youth Forum launched its own publication “The Role of the Youth Sector in Preventing Violent Extremism”. This publication outlines that youth work alone cannot combat violent radicalisation among young people, but it can help to address some of the root causes in a joint approach with other sectors, such as education, social affairs, health etc.