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Developing digital youth work

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Developing digital youth work:
Policy recommendations, training needs and good practice examples for youth workers and decision-makers

Aims of the tool

The results of this expert group will be of interest to anyone involved in developments in youth work in the 21st century, especially youth workers, organisations, training providers, policy-makers, other practitioners, and researchers:

--> Youth workers (the results are relevant to their daily work, professional development, changing working field/demands; they will help them adapt, play an active role in children and young people's personal development). Youth workers are provided with a simple overview of competences;
--> Organisations (they need to provide youth workers with tools and support them, offer training, organisations and youth workers should know where to find appropriate training;
--> Policy-makers (the recommendations on the development of innovative methods in youth work, including digital tools, are addressed to policy-makers at local, regional, national and European level);
--> Various others: training providers, professional and standard-setting bodies, curriculum developers, software developers to provide appropriate tools, researchers, etc.

Description of the tool

This publication contains the main outcomes of the expert group:

--> A working definition of 'digital youth work';
--> Examples of innovative practices in delivering digital youth work and upskilling youth workers' digital competences;
--> Policy recommendations on the development of digital youth work;
--> Identification of training needs of youth workers relevant for digital youth work, based on existing competence frameworks for digital skills and for youth work;
--> Collection of training material which is available online and which addresses the identified training needs of youth workers relevant for digital youth work.

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Tool overview

Developing digital youth work

This tool is for

Youth workers, organisations, training providers, policy-makers, other practitioners, and researchers

and addresses

Networking and Follow-up, Personal Development, Organisational Management, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Training and Networking
Capacity Building

Materials needed:

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2016-2018

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Ellen Durst (on 8 February 2018)

and last modified

8 February 2018

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