Supporting young people in Europe (Volume III) - Looking to the future (2017)
Substantive issues, methodological lessons, support measures and youth policy standards: a reflection on the “third seven” Council of Europe international reviews of national youth policy
The Council of Europe’s 21 international reviews of national youth policy have, over 20 years, produced a significant body of knowledge and a respected, innovative methodology. They have considerably enhanced the understanding and the development of “youth policy” throughout Europe.
Following the first seven international reviews, a synthesis report was produced that endeavoured to construct a framework for understanding youth policy. A similar synthesis exercise took place after a further seven international reviews, reflecting both on the evolving process of carrying out the reviews and on new themes and issues for youth policy that had not emerged within the initial framework.
This book, the third concerned with supporting young people in Europe, is a synthesis of the last seven international reviews, coupled with an overview of the learning that has accrued from all 21 international reviews. It draws together some of the conclusions and challenges that have emerged over two decades and considers some lessons for the future, not least alternative models of engagement in the youth field between the Council of Europe and its member states.
CHAPTER 1 – THE “THIRD SEVEN” INTERNATIONAL YOUTH POLICY REVIEWS – AN OVERVIEW
CHAPTER 2 – CRITICAL SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION
The value of theoretical models
Defining and classifying “youth”
The shifting sands of political responsibility and policy priority
Legacies of the past
Legislation and administrative structures
Youth participation and the role of national youth councils
Issues from specific youth policy domains
Families and communities
Too big for youth policy?
Brain drain, brain gain and brain circulation
Rhetoric or reality?
CHAPTER 3 – METHODOLOGICAL LESSONS
The pivotal relationship in planning and executing an international review of national youth policy: collaboration, communication, criticism, concerns
The stepping stones of an international review
CHAPTER 4 – MODELS OF ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE AND ITS MEMBER STATES
CHAPTER 5 – INDICATORS AND STANDARDS FOR YOUTH POLICY DEVELOPMENT – A CALL FOR A DEBATE
APPENDIX 1 – KEY THEMES COVERED IN THE “THIRD SEVEN” YOUTH POLICY REVIEWS