Informal Learning in Youth Work offers fresh perspectives on all aspects of informal education in the youth work setting. Designed to develop the reader’s knowledge and skills, this comprehensive textbook explores key issues such as communication, power relations, ethics, gender exclusion, sexuality, race discrimination, and social class. The author places particular emphasis on conversation as a key means of promoting informal learning and engaging effectively with young people.

The Voluntary Relationship: Competence, Negotiation and Accompaniment

The voluntary relationship: Competence, negotiation and accompaniment
  • Voluntary relationship is an essential feature of informal learning; young people learn to negotiate and explore the meaning of competence and consent.
  • The idea of ‘accompaniment’ as a method of youth work which supports young people's growing freedom and autonomy is explained. The meaning of ‘respectful relationships’ between youth workers and young people is investigated.
  • The contribution of the voluntary relationship to the building up of trust is presented.
  • The importance and difficulty of trust between individuals and between communities is explored.

Voluntary relationship is fundamental to the practice of informal education. The fact that people choose to take part in youth work rather than being required to do so has been consistently recognised as essential ...

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