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Ken Harland & Alastair Scott-McKinley

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 36: Youth Work Practices in Conflict Societies: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities

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Youth Work Practices in Conflict Societies: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities
Youth Work Practices in Conflict Societies: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities
Ken Harland Alastair Scott-McKinley
Introduction

Throughout the world, children and young people increasingly grow up and exist within a context of conflict and warfare (Batsleer, 2010; Stein & Baizerman, 2007). Recent examples of this include Syria, Iraq, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Mali, Liberia, Burundi, Bosnia, Israel, Palestine, Russia, Croatia, Afghanistan, Egypt, and within our own local context, Northern Ireland. Living in conflict societies has been shown to have residual negative impacts on children and young people, with a complex interaction of risk factors (Muldoon, Trew & Kilpatrick, 2000), particularly for marginalised children and young people (Browne & Dwyer, 2014; McGrellis, ...

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