Post-Covid Youth Work and Mental Wellbeing of Young People Across Scotland and England


  • DR Andie Reynolds
  • Alison Ni Charraighe


youth work, mental health, Covid-19, pandemic, austerity


This article seeks to contribute to the debate about the current and future support needs of young people (aged 11-25) across Scotland and England who are experiencing mental distress in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. In doing so, it focuses on the profession that works specifically with this age range – youth work - and youth work practice across Scotland and England, and then examines the challenges and opportunities for the profession. It concludes that youth work, and youth workers, are well placed to provide much needed initial mental health support to young people, but that the profession urgently needs the UK and Scottish Governments to financially (re)invest in its infrastructure to deliver this provision.

Author Biographies

DR Andie Reynolds

Teaching Fellow in Learning in Communities and the Programme Director for the MSc Social Justice and Community Action at the University of Edinburgh, and a CLDSCS accredited youth and community worker.

Alison Ni Charraighe

Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Early Years Studies at Northumbria University, JNC qualified youth worker, and a counsellor working with young people.




How to Cite

Reynolds, D. A. and Charraighe, A. N. (2022) “Post-Covid Youth Work and Mental Wellbeing of Young People Across Scotland and England”, Concept, 13(2), pp. 1–10. Available at: (Accessed: 21 July 2024).