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.

Youth Work Practice within Integrated Youth Support Services

Youth work practice within integrated youth support services
Bernard DaviesEmily Wood

Chapter Objectives

The objectives of this chapter are:

  • to consider why Labour governments after 1997 gave a high priority to ensuring the ‘seamless delivery’ of services for children and young people;
  • to outline how this aim was implemented in England through the creation of ‘integrated youth support services’ within all local authority children and young people's departments;
  • to look critically at the implications of these developments for youth work practice, and the dilemmas and challenges they posed for youth workers and their managers.

Joining up Services: The New Labour ‘why’ – and ‘how’

As we saw in Chapter 2, when it came to power Labour made it clear that it saw public services ...

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