Social Inclusion

Please note that this topic is closely linked to the other background materials in this section (especially solidarity, diversity, participation/citizenship/ democracy). Therefore, you will find suitable publications and links also listed under the other themes. However, the established standard works that seem relevant for Social Inclusion are also compiled below. 

Resource material on general project work approaches like project management (including resources on local school projects), innovative learning/creativity or team building/ cooperation are available under the respective topics in this section.

Online Publications

Council of Europe, European Commission (2003): T-Kit 8. Social Inclusion (2,17 MB)
The training kit is one of the products of the Partnership Programme and compiles plenty of background information and activities with focus on various aspects of social inclusion.

European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice (2013): Youth Social Exclusion and Lessons from Youth Work (9,98 MB)
This paper gives an overview of young people vulnerable to social exclusion and shows the positive effect of youth work initiatives as well as provides background information on the reasons behind exclusion mechanism and effective strategies.

European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice (2016): Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education (3,22 MB)
The European Commissions’ leaflet on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education provides an overview of education policy developments in Europe following the Paris Declaration 2015.

SALTO-YOUTH Inclusion Resource Centre (2008): ID Booklet Ideas for Inclusion and Diversity (5,26 MB)
The booklet offers youth workers and other practitioners working directly with young people concrete tools for making their international projects and youth work more inclusive and for reaching more target groups.

SALTO-YOUTH Inclusion Resource Centre (2010): Images in Action - improve your reputation (2,64 MB)
This booklet is full with practical tools, information and suggestions on how to contribute to a positive image for young people with less opportunities and therefore foster their social inclusion. It can be used by youth workers as well as other educational practitioners.

SALTO-YOUTH Inclusion Resource Centre (2014): Inclusion A to Z - A compass to international Inclusion projects. The best of the SALTO Inclusion youth work manuals in one publication (3,88 MB)
This publication describes how to manage inclusion related issues. Even though the focus is on international activities some chapters might also be useful for local school-community projects. The booklet was written both for organisations already working with young people from fewer-opportunity backgrounds as well as entities dealing with so-called "mainstream" youth that would like to open up their projects to include young people who are less privileged.

United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs/Silver, Hilary (2015): The Contexts of Social Inclusion, Working Paper No. 144 (4,56 MB)
The paper discusses social inclusion, social exclusion and inequalities as context-dependent concepts and shows how these contexts differ on nation-state and local levels when it comes to dealing with inclusion and exclusion.

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)/Dugarova, Esuna (2015): Social Inclusion, Poverty Eradication and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (1 MB)
This paper outlines the concept of Social Inclusion in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Although it was prepared by an institute which deals with research and analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues, it is a useful source for background information as well as getting to know a multidisciplinary approach towards social equity and social inclusion.


In the framework of the Council of Europe’s Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, this website offers information, background material, publications as well as keeps you informed on recent developments connected to these topics in different countries.
A portal of The Council of Europe providing Human Rights Education Youth Resources, e.g. the educational tool “Compass” in several languages. The manual provides ideas, inspiration and motivation to venture into the field of human rights education with young people.
The series of publications “Trends in social cohesion” was launched by the Council of Europe in order to provide a forum for observation and analysis of the developments taking place on matters of social cohesion in the CoE member states and non-member states. Each issue addresses important aspects concerning social protection and social cohesion and can be downloaded for free.
The European Commissions’ website (Social inclusion and citizenship through formal and non-formal learning) focuses on priorities and objectives for the educational sector at EU-level that enhance inclusion and fundamental values (e.g. democratic values, civic competences, active citizenship, social inclusion and non-discrimination etc.).
The website for the European platform against poverty and social exclusion provides an overall information on the Europe 2020 strategy and its policies for the EU countries. Additionally, you can find publications on social inclusion, poverty and sustainable and inclusive growth.
On this website you can find out more about The International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (IDRC) (2013-2022) initiated by the UNESCO. It addresses the importance of transcultural principles like human dignity, conviviality and solidarity when it comes to meeting the challenges of international security and social cohesion in a sustainable way.
The European Social Network (ESN) brings together 120 member organisations in the area of local public social services in Europe. The publication section provides insights on local public services, their work and developments and could be useful for meeting specific related local challenges.
The International Association for Intercultural Education brings together professional educators interested in diversity and equity issues in education. This includes intercultural education, multi-cultural education, anti-racist education, human rights education, active citizenship, inclusive education, conflict-resolution, bi-lingual and multilingualism issues, gender and LGBTQ issues, etc. The IAIE publishes the academic journal Intercultural Education six times a year.
The website of the EU-CoE youth partnership provides a variety of publications. In particular Coyote, a magazine dealing with important youth issues such as “Social Cohesion”, and the different T-KITS, for instance on “Participation”, “Volunteering” or “Project Management”, are highly recommended for any kind of project. They can be downloaded for free and offer background information on the topic, good practices as well as a number of activities.
Not all young people have the same needs! That's why SALTO Inclusion started a target group-approach. The SALTO Inclusion Resource Centre developed some pages with specific resources for working with young people with fewer opportunities and different target groups as well as a number of respective publications that can be downloaded for free.
The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are a universal framework to fight and tackle social, economic and ecological challenges and inequalities during the period 2016-2030.
The World Largest Lesson is a section especially for schools, teachers and young people within the context of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It provides you with ideas and information on how to introduce the Goals and related themes to young people and empower them to become change makers.