This paper discusses the idea, evolution and eventual application of 'youth policy'. Drawing on the European youth policy context, in particular the Council of Europe international reviews of national youth policy (of which there have been 17 since 1997), a framework for thinking through 'youth policy' is proposed, from conceptual and structural themes, through policy domains to those anchors that enable effective youth policy and practice to be sustained. The chapter concludes with three models that have been distilled from the author's many years of engagement with youth research, youth policy making and practical youth work. These models are designed to help practitioners think about how to work with policy context that are rarely ideal, to help researchers frame the key elements of youth policy, and to enable policy makers to engage with a constructive cycle of youth policy formulation, implementation and development.
|Translated title of the contribution||Is there a European Youth Policy?|
|Pages (from-to)||25 - 34|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Information sociales (Politiques de la jeunesse en Europe)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2011|