Competence Framework

The project aims to develop a competence framework that will support the competence development of youth workers to work with LGBTQI+ young people. This framework will put together the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that are required from youth workers to deliver LGBTQI+ Inclusive youth work. Also, it will include aspects that will relate to creating the right setting (policies, space, representation, environment,…) in their youth clubs/space, projects and activities.

The competence framework does not intend to replace key resources that are referent works in European youth work, such as SALTO-YOUTH’s ETS competence model for trainers or the one for youth workers to work internationally, or Council of Europe’s youth portfolio, but to complement them.

We have realised that there is little out there in the sense of competence frameworks specific to develop the competence of youth workers to work towards inclusive practice for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) and we wanted to fill that gap.

The competence framework will support the following benefits for the youth work field and other educational fields:

  • Reference point for capacity building.
  • Ensure the relevance of competences towards emerging needs and issues.
  • Clear progression pathways for professional development.
  • Increase quality assurance in Youth Work.


Interested in the Rainbow Youth Competence Framework

We are developing the competence framework and all the other results of the project and they will be ready at different points during the project. Once the Competence Framework is ready we will publish in this page the document for free access and we will promote it in the social media pages of the organisations involved. 

If you are intested in reviewing the competence framework, send us an email to and we will send you a quick questionairee to check your suitability. 

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