This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions.

Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for enhancing resilience and addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people. Topics covered include:

  • Depression, suicide, and self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Peer Mentoring and Building on Strengths
  • Cults and Gangs
  • Bullying
  • Firelighting

Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based interventions and considering themes such as anti-oppressive practice, culture, values and ethics.

This book is ideal for students and practitioners working with young people, especially in the fields of youth work, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.

Understanding Young People in Care

Understanding young people in care


For many of us, our life journies from birth to becoming young adults have included a safe and nurturing home environment that has, in one way or another, provided a space for our learning and growth into independent individuals. We may have finished our school years and perhaps gone to university, with family members giving us the support and encouragement that we needed along the way. Even so, we may have faced challenges as we navigated the journey to independence and individuation through the years of transition to adulthood.

For some young people, however, the taken-for-granted struggles during the turbulent years take on a different form. The things many of us take for granted – a safe ...

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