European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database

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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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