One of the distinctive features of youth work, and particularly, non-formal education, is its value base – that is, the values that inform the way we work with young people (such as diversity, justice and equity). This sets it apart from other learning approaches.

The ethos of non-formal learning for young people contrasts with curriculum-based or treatmentfocused approaches. The emphasis is on supporting personal and social development, where the young person is in the driving seat and their decision whether or not to participate is respected.

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