Universal Youth Work: A Critical Review of the Literature

Authors: Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium and University of Edinburgh
Category: General principles

8th June 2015

A literature review (full report, summary and presentation) by the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium on the impact of universal youth work is now available.

This review, funded by YouthLink Scotland, the Robertson Trust and Youth Scotland, finds that universal youth work:

- Improves young people's health and wellbeing outcomes.
- Improves young people's educational attainment.
- Improves young people's employment opportunities.
- Draws traditions and principles that can identify and nurture the potential of young people in contemporary society,

It also identifies the need for:

- A more systematic approach to conducting and collecting evidence of the impact that youth work makes.
- The youth work sector to be more informed about the nature and purpose of their impact through ongoing longitudinal research.