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In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 39: Community Development with Young People – Exploring a New Model

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Community Development with Young People – Exploring a New Model
Community Development with Young People – Exploring a New Model
Helen Bartlett Adam Muirhead
Introduction

Youth work within the UK is currently in something of a state of crisis. The slashing of local government budgets in a time of austerity politics has led to the closing and loss of youth clubs and projects across the country. UNISON research (2014) across 168 local authorities showed that nationally 350 youth centres had closed and over 2,000 jobs had been lost in just two years between 2011/12 and 2013/14. Between 2011/12 and 2016/17 the average cut to youth service spending across London Boroughs was 34 percent. 457 (Full Time Equivalency) youth work posts ...

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