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.
Chapter 13: Silence, Bullying and Despair: Youth Work Responses
Silence, Bullying and Despair: Youth Work Responses
- It is important to pay attention to silences, to what is not being said or what cannot be voiced.
- Finding a voice is an essential aspect of identity formation. Not being able to come to voice may be an indication of despair.
- Recognising and challenging bullying cultures and creating anti-bullying peer support and mediation is explored. Youth workers need the confidence to explore both anger and self-destructive feelings with young people.
- Informal educators have resources for responding to attempted suicide: being there, young-person-centredness, recognising the meanings of risky behaviour, openness to conversation about life and death.
- In responding to death and loss, youth workers will draw on their ability to recognise the breakdown of meaning and ...