Young Scot Launches National Youth Information Framework

Young Scot today, Wednesday 3 November, launched the National Youth Information Framework (NYIF), developed in partnership with the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and the Scottish Government, at YouthLink Scotland’s national Youth Work Week Conference.

The new Framework targets all organisations and professionals who are involved in developing and providing information for and with young people. The aim is to bring organisations and professionals together to provide a more effective service for young people. An enhancement of services and products will improve the flow of communication, and consequently the relationship between organisations and young people will strengthen. Ultimately the project aims to ensure that young people have access to high quality, up-to-date information on issues of particular interest to them.

The Framework allows comparison with the principles of best practice as agreed by the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA). It recognises that young people seek information from a variety of sources and people, and as part of ensuring best value, it is important to be able to consider current policies and practices in order to effectively support young people not only to make informed choices, but to take it a step further and support them in using information to bring about positive action and change in their own lives and as active local, national and global citizens.

Children and young people need information at different stages and times in their lives in response to different situations. The National Youth Information Framework has been developed to drive towards a nation of informed young people.

There are a wide range of quality improvement frameworks and schemes which are already in place with organisations that, as part of their functions, provide information for young people. The intention is not to create yet another but to ensure this framework complements others.

Louise Macdonald, CEO of Young Scot, said: “Information is key for all young people in making informed decisions and choices about their lives. Young Scot is proud to be working with SLIC and the Scottish Government in the development of dependable, youth-friendly information and services.

"The National Youth Information Framework is a first of its kind and will support young people to be involved as active citizens. A nation of informed young people enhances the positive contribution young people make to their communities, and overall, drives us towards a greater Scotland.”

In announcing the launch, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning Keith Brown said: “I’m particularly pleased to be able to launch the National Youth Information Framework today. This brings together partners and agencies to deliver an even more effective service for young people. It makes it easier for organisations to communicate with young people and be confident that their materials and approaches will be effective.”

Elaine Fulton, Director of the Scottish Library and Information Council, commented: “SLIC is delighted to be involved in the development of the National Youth Information Framework. Libraries have an important role to play in helping young people get the right information at the right time and place.

Quality information is at the heart of good decisions we make in our individual lives and for Scotland. Like all of us, young people are faced with a deluge of information on a day to day basis. We hope this framework will encourage organisations to think about how they help young people make sense of all that information and help them become confident, active and informed citizens.”

Notes to Editors

About NYIF:

  • The importance of youth information is reflected within the range of Scottish Government policy drivers and reports, including A Curriculum of Excellence (CfE) and 16+ Learning Programme. Therefore, the NYIF has been designed to reflect on such policies (Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and the Early Years Framework) and projects (Learning & Teaching Scotland) in its pursuit to improve youth information literacy.

About Young Scot:

  • Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity who provide young people aged between 11-26 years with a mixture of information, ideas and incentives to help them become confident, informed and active citizens. More information available on their corporate website: www.youngscot.net
  • Scottish Libraries Information Council is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government and Scottish ministers on library and information matters. For more information: http://www.slainte.org.uk/slic/slicindex.htm
  • YouthLink Scotland is the national agency for youth work. It is a membership organisation and it is in the unique position of representing the interests and aspirations of the whole of the sector both voluntary and statutory. For more information: www.youthlinkscotland.org