Assist young people to assess risk and make informed choices in the management of their health and well-being

Business Sectors (Suites): Youth Work
Developed by: CLD Standards Council Scotland
Approved on: 29 Mar 2019


This standard is for youth workers who aim to address and improve the well-being of young people.

You will work with young people to identify issues which may affect their well-being and will encourage young people to take reasonable care and to take responsibility for ensuring their own well-being.

Within this standard 'well-being' includes the personal, physical and emotional health of young people.

This standard is suitable for all youth work practitioners.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

1. agree with young people the typical factors that could impact their health and well-being 2. establish key criteria to be used by young people to define their state of health and well-being, including risks 3. assess young people's well-being using the agreed criteria 4. discuss the outcome of the assessment with the young people and assist them to develop criteria for strategies to enhance their health and well-being 5. provide relevant and up to date information, advice and guidance to young people, in line with your own competence and responsibility 6. ask young people to reflect upon their behaviour and determine the causes and consequences of their actions 7. remind young people to check upon their progress, to recognise achievements and address any setbacks 8. maintain confidentiality and records as appropriate in line with legislative and organisational requirements 9. meet the values and principles underpinning youth work in relation to the requirements of this standard

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. legal and organisational requirements, including the local, social and political context, impacting upon the provision of information, guidance and support relating to the well-being of young people
  2. legislative and organisational requirements relevant to the storage, retention and maintenance of information
  3. your organisation's policy and procedures regarding confidentiality of information and the disclosure of information to third parties, and the specific circumstances under which disclosure may be made
  4. the principal agencies and referral routes available to support young people regarding their health and well-being, and the routes for accessing these
  5. the importance of maintaining the young person's right to make their own choices
  6. local and national socio-economic issues and their impact upon the well-being of young people
  7. risk factors affecting the well-being of young people within the local community, including the digital community
  8. why it is important for the young person to control the progress and content of discussions, how to make suggestions and when to provide up to date information
  9. why it is important to be non-judgemental about the ways that young people choose to live and the choices they have made
  10. why it is important to help young people consider the causes and effects of their choices and behaviour on themselves and others and methods of doing this
  11. how culture, beliefs and preferences can affect a young person's willingness to discuss issues and the strategies which may be used to encourage this
  12. strategies for encouraging young people to discuss issues openly and honestly, how to respect and acknowledge other's priorities in relation to their well-being and their right to refuse suggestions and information
  13. your role and responsibilities and from whom assistance and advice and support should be sought when necessary
  14. the values and principles underpinning youth work in relation to the requirements of this standard


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

28 Mar 2022





Originating Organisation

CLD Standards Council

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Relevant Occupations

Youth Workers

SOC Code



Youth; young people; rights; well-being; information; advice; guidance; support; behaviour; lifestyle; reflect; progress; challenge; interdependence; actions; achievements