Social and economic value of youth work in Scotland

Hall Aitken, commissioned by YouthLink Scotland, produced this report about the value of youth work in Scotland . The report shows that at least £7 are delivered back to society for every £1 of public funds. The report also suggests that youth work makes a difference in the lives of one out of ten adults. Survey respondents stated that the activities they participated in as teenagers were an important encouragement for them to achieve their life goals. Typical answers referred to the ability to develop social as well as practical skills, gain self-confidence and the courage to try new things. Based on these findings, the report concludes that the key outcomes of youth work are confidence and motivation, which suggests an economic gain of at least £2,200 million.