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Helen M.F. Jones

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 8: Youth Work in England: A Profession with a Future?

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Youth Work in England: A Profession with a Future?
Youth Work in England: A Profession with a Future?
Helen M.F. Jones

In 2010 youth work in England1 joined the range of occupations requiring a university honours degree. In youth work’s case this was additional to a professional qualification validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC).2 The requirement for an honours degree added to youth work’s status as a profession and set it alongside other graduate jobs such as school teaching and social work. At the same time, other initiatives towards professionalisation were made. In 2013 the Institute of Youth Work (IYW) was established purporting to offer ‘a voice in the changing times our ...

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