Values of Youth Work

The values of youth work match the purpose of education and are fundamental to the process, raising the confidence of individuals, their contribution to society, and their value as citizens. The vision of youth work was identified in the National Youth Work Development Plan as:

  • Youth Work as an educative process
  • Youth workers as professional educators
  • Recognition of the positive contribution of young people and youth work
  • Voluntary participation
  • Importance of rights and citizenship
  • Value of equality and inclusiveness
  • Need for co-ordinated provision and working in partnership