The guidelines for youth work practitioners contain advice extracted from the nine practices. They are clustered according to the eleven characteristics, and contain directly applicable advice for youth work practitioners on what to consider or how to improve when striving towards slow youth work. The guidelines do not refer to a single practice example at once, but throughout, contain elements of all nine of them. Each characteristic of slow youth work is additionally divided into four subcategories of guidelines, concerning:

  1. practitioners’ approach towards funding schemes, projects and activities in relation to the broader youth work goals;
  2. capacity-building or competence development of youth work practitioners;
  3. approach to young people in direct youth work;
  4. advocacy efforts aiming at changing the unfavourable circumstances of slow youth work.

The practices were explored through guided interviews of the youth work practitioners. The interviews were structured on the basis of the eleven slow youth work characteristics and the seven policy and practice frameworks. Each characteristic and framework was broken down to four questions aiming at extracting how the interviewees related to them in their daily practice.

The guidelines are available in the second intellectual output: Compendium of good practices and Guidelines for Youth Work practitioners.