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.

Boundaries in Practice

Boundaries in practice
  • The question of where, how and by whom boundaries are drawn is an essential question. Professional boundaries–against sexual intimacy and against violence and discrimination-create safe space for young people.
  • Boundaries are both physical–to do with places; and psychological–to do with relationships and networks. They are full of meaning.
  • Close attention to the existing conversations of groups enables youth workers to understand the meaning of particular boundary negotiations and border conflicts. Some boundaries are negotiable and some are non-negotiable. They can shift and change. Positive action by youth workers can lead to a change in boundaries.

Where Does Youth Work Happen

The professional boundaries which the informal educator establishes are a prerequisite of the ‘safe spaces’ for conversation. The buildings, streets and open spaces in ...

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