The aim of the National Youth Strategy is to enable all young people to realise their maximum potential, by respecting their rights and hearing their voices, while protecting and supporting them as they transition from childhood to adulthood.
Active and healthy, physical and mental well-being
Young people enjoy a healthy lifestyle, in particular with regard to their physical, mental and sexual health and well-being.
Young people benefit from involvement in recreational and cultural opportunities including youth work, arts, and sports.
Achieving full potential in all areas of learning and development
Young people’s core skills, competencies and attributes are enhanced and promoted through accessible, responsive, formal and non-formal education and learning opportunities.
Young people benefit from strengthened transition supports at all levels as they move through the education system.
Safe and protected from harm
Young people, and in particular vulnerable and marginalised young people, are supported to feel safe at home, in school, in their communities and online, and are empowered to speak out when feeling unsafe or vulnerable.
Young people have safe places and spaces where they can socialise and develop.
Economic security and opportunity
Young people are better able to participate in the labour market through enhanced employability skills that complement formal learning and training qualifications and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Young people are a particular focus in policies that address social inclusion and poverty.
Connected, respected and contributing to their world
Young people are included in society, are environmentally aware, their equality and rights are upheld, their diversity celebrated, and they are empowered to be active global citizens.
Young people’s autonomy is supported, their active citizenship fostered, and their voice strengthened through political, social and civic engagement.