European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database



Access to guidance


Conditions, circumstances or requirements (e.g. qualification, education level, special needs, gender, age etc.) governing admission to and participation in guidance activities, and/or the right to use guidance services or programmes.


Adaptation of the definition used in education and training to a guidance context. This is a restricted definition of access, which is more generally defined in a service context as:
‘the right to use a particular service’.

A key concern is that lifelong guidance policies encourage social inclusion and ‘that all citizens have a right to access guidance services at any point in their lives’ (Lifelong Guidance Policy Development: a European Resource Kit 2012).


Cedefop (2008b). Terminology of European education and training policy: a selection of 100 key terms. Luxembourg: Publications Office. Available from Internet:

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