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Judith Bessant & Rob Watts

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 41: Uncomfortable Knowledge and the Ethics of Good Practice in Australia’s Offshore Refugee Detention Centers

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Uncomfortable Knowledge and the Ethics of Good Practice in Australia’s Offshore Refugee Detention Centers
Uncomfortable Knowledge and the Ethics of Good Practice in Australia’s Offshore Refugee Detention Centers
Judith Bessant Rob Watts
Introduction

There is a widely shared view that youth work is essentially a ‘practical’ job. From this perspective wanting to help young people is the basis of good youth work, requiring only the addition of some basic technical or vocational training. According to proponents of this view, university-based education of practitioners promotes an imbalance between theory and practice such that the excessively theoretical character of youth work education leads graduates and employers alike to complain that they do not have the relevant ‘practical’ skills (Brooker, 2014). This becomes ...

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