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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07030: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 8 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on providing the National Citizen Service in Scotland.

Answered by: John Swinney 23 February 2017

The Scottish Government believes that youth work has a significant impact in improving the life chances of young people. The national youth work strategy for Scotland 2014-18 sets out our ambitions for improving outcomes for young people through youth work. It aims to ensure that we harness and build on our partnerships and what we know works in delivering vibrant and effective youth work practice.

The Deputy First Minister has requested that officials work with appropriate youth work partners to consider the option of undertaking a NCS pilot project in Scotland. Education Scotland officials and YouthLink Scotland held a meeting on 16 December 2016, attended by a range of national youth work organisations and a representative from the UK Cabinet Office, to consider the option of undertaking a NCS-style pilot project in Scotland.

Partners agreed that further discussion was needed before committing to a Scottish pilot.