Importance of advocacy work

Across all project countries, it was recognised that the youth sector needs to value and be valued in influencing future policy and “pressuring” for proper implementation of existing policies. Findings show that youth workers are key stakeholders in ensuring government policies are in the best interest of young people. This happens through the encouragement of young people’s understanding of policy and creating and supporting participation pathways for young people to contribute to policy inception and development. In addition, youth workers can add their voices to key policy areas through their unique insight into lives of young people while holding policy makers accountable for what they propose. In general, there is a perceived absence of established mechanisms for structured engagement by youth workers in policy making as well as a concern that policy makers do not necessarily understand youth work.