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National Youth Plan - Young People 2010

Spain Generality of Catalonia Country Resources Child and Youth General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Spain Policy document education, employment, health promotion, Social Inclusion

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The National Youth Plan is the culmination of a period of reflection on the situation of young Catalans, on the youth policies of recent years and, in particular, on what the major courses of action on youth affairs need to be today and in the future.
These youth policies must, in consequence, be devised on the basis of their applicability across various issues and their integral nature, heeding not just certain needs of young people or by offering specific services, but taking a global view that interrelates the various aspects of young people’s lives – training, employment and housing, health, democratic involvement, territorial balance and social cohesion.
For practical purposes, this means access to employment must be dealt with in a manner closely related to the education system and that both aspects need to be considered bearing in mind the moment in life when young people usually leave the parental home and go to live in their own home.
These three aspects cannot be dealt with unless they are related to the new family structures and the new distribution of roles within the family. Women’s' incorporation into the labour market, the growth in telecommuting, the flexibility of part-time work and the low birth rate have brought about significant changes in families. Today, we have more single-parent families and couples with one child who need smaller homes, more flexible homes that in many instances need to include a workspace, and new models for organizing people’s timetables in order to bring working hours and school timetables in line, thereby improving family life.


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