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Youth Work

Working with Children and Young People

Our Department engages with young people wherever they are, but mainly in Community Centres, Libraries and dedicated youth projects. Work with young people is centred on their personal and social development.

Typically, a Centre will programme evening youth club or 'drop in' facilities for the 11 to 18 year old age group, with the aim of providing good quality opportunities for young people, supported by skilled staff in a safe environment.

Download the Youth Work Annual Report 2015-16 (2.37MB PDF)

We have the lead role in:

We provide the opportunity for young people to have their learning, development and achievements recognised through four informal accreditation formats.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Young people aged from 14 to 25 follow a programme of a chosen sport, a hobby, service in the community and expeditions.

Young Quality Scot
An award which recognises and rewards young people who are active in their communities through voluntary work.

Youth Achievement Award
Programmes of personal and social development and special interest devised individually by young people aged from 14 to 20. They set themselves challenges and assess each other. Evidence of learning and development is displayed through portfolio building.

Natural Connections
Fun and achievement outdoors. An opportunity to accredit outdoor learning programmes.

We also link in with different projects such as Xplore - a project supporting young people who may be finding it hard to cope at school, home, work or within their community.

The HandsOnScotland Website is an online resource for anybody working with children and young people. It is a one-stop shop for practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people’s troubling behaviour, build up their self-esteem and promote their positive mental wellbeing.

The website was commissioned by the Scottish government through Heads up Scotland and was developed by Playfield Institute (NHS Fife) in partnership with Barnardo’s and the University of Dundee.

Youth Information Services

  • Provides access to information to allow young people to make informed life choices
  • Ensures information is relevant, up to date and in a format which is attractive to young people
  • Delivers in settings where young people feel comfortable
  • Provides opportunities for young people to engage with technology through the Dundee pages of the Young Scot portal
  • Supports the Young Scot element of the young persons National Entitlement Card (previously the Discovery card) through the delivery of Young Scot packs in schools and ongoing membership benefits (such as retailer discounts) to young people aged 12–18 years
  • Provides opportunities for young people via to inform decision making at a local and national level

For further information on Youth Information or Young Scot contact:

Tel: 01382 435438
Fax: 01382 435433

Local Youth Information Workers are located at the following bases: