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.

Creativity and Partnership

Creativity and Partnership

Creativity and partnership
Raj Patel

Chapter Objectives

The objectives of this chapter are to:

  • illustrate how the use of creativity and partnership can enhance the relationship that informal educators develop with young people;
  • enable practitioners to refine and reflect on the skills involved in using creative methods with communities and young people;
  • demystify the current ‘speak’ concerning ‘creativity’ and ‘partnership’.


This chapter draws on a case study taken from the author's personal experience of working for CAPE UK (a voluntary organisation advocating for arts and creativity in education). It begins by illustrating some of the challenges and possible benefits for informal educators and goes on to detail elements of current thinking about what constitutes creativity in education and how, in inclusive ways, this can be applied to informal ...

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