With the proposed development of the ‘youth professional’ and the consolidation of graduate professional qualifications, this is an important time for youth work. This book sets out the current state of debate about youth work for those considering, or about to embark on, a degree course. Contemporary debates in youth work are explored, and help to give students a sense of its history and its future contribution. By combining the experience of its editors and the contemporaneous experience of the voices of contributors, this book provides an excellent introduction to work as a youth worker in the twenty-first century.

Detached Youth Work

Detached Youth Work

Detached youth work
Michael Whelan

Chapter Objectives

This chapter will explore the following questions.

  • What is distinctive about detached work and how does it differ from other forms of non-building-based youth work? What defines its ‘detachment?
  • What does detached youth work look like in practice?
  • What are the emerging policy, organisational and resource pressures and constraints, external and internal, bearing down on the model of detached work presented within this chapter?


What is Distinctive about Detached Work? What Defines its ‘Detachment’?

A central concept in the shared definition of youth work contained within this book is that of subjectivity. Subjectivity refers to a person's perspective of the world: to how each of us interprets the world around us in our own unique way. I can, with confidence, state that ...

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