Published 17 February 2020
In 1993, the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA) General Assembly adopted the European Youth Information Charter which has since become a text of reference throughout Europe as a set of professional principles and guidelines for youth information and counselling work.
The principles of this Charter are intended to apply to all forms of generalist youth information work and seek to guarantee the right of young people to complete, reliable and updated information. They constitute a basis for minimum standards and quality measures applicable to all countries as elements of a comprehensive, coherent and coordinated approach to youth information and counselling provision.
ERYICA has recently reviewed this set of principles and guidelines in order to define quality assessment mechanisms able to respond to a complex and changing reality. A revised version of the the core document for the provision of youth information has been approved at 29th ERYICA General Assembly in April 2018. The new Charter has also updated and incorporated the Principles for Online Youth Information, as ERYICA believes that the offline and online activities are now interconnected.
The purpose of this guide is to:
- Provide a broader explanation for the implementation of the principles of the European Youth Information Charter;
- Set out a range of functions that are core to the delivery of quality youth information and counselling services;
- Provide assistance on how to plan and establish new services;
- Support further development and assessment of existing youth information and counselling services;
- Guide stakeholders and policy makers involved in the support of youth information and counselling;
- Accentuate the importance of providing and resourcing youth information and counselling services among funders and policy-makers.