• Tila Morris

South Lanarkshire Showing how to CARE

At our recent roadshow events for new CashBack Youth Work Fund recipients we met David Brown, from Hamilton United Connections. He spoke to us about the induction programme that was created for youth workers, which is neatly summed up in a card called CARE which stands for:

  • Collective

  • Appropriate

  • Responsible

  • Engagement

The card gives all staff and volunteers an easy guide which can be carried around in your pocket, that promotes good practice for all. It's opening statement is bold and clear on youth work when it states:

"Young people in Scotland have an entitlement to be supported by skilled, competent youth work practitioners who take account of their whole wellbeing."

With kind permission of the universal team, we can share with you how they introduce SHANARRI and Curriculum for Excellence to youth work staff. It promotes this definition of good youth work.

  • Honest

  • Listen

  • Trust Us

  • Friendly

  • Funny

  • Doesn't Judge

  • Understanding

  • Confident

  • Happy

It's well designed and if you're interested in finding out more, please contact David.In the meantime you are welcome to browse their youth club card package.

Youth Work Card

Induction Model

Mentor Cycle of Learning

Mentor Induction Presentation

Learner Induction Presentation

Reflection is key to the youth work process and the team in South Lanarkshire have created a simple model for reflecting on and improving practice.

Reflection Card

Created by Catch the Light 2019.


This work is commissioned by YouthLink Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government's Cash Back for Communities scheme.