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.

Targeting for Youth Workers

Targeting for Youth Workers

Targeting for youth workers
Raj Lehal

Chapter Objectives

The objectives of this chapter are to:

  • outline the policy and management contexts within which youth work operates;
  • look critically at specific government objectives with measurable outcomes set for the practice and its expected the benefits accruing to the young people involved;
  • present and draw some tentative conclusions from evidence provided by a small sample of workers and managers on the impact of these targets on youth work practice.

What will This Chapter Cover?

The evidence on which this chapter draws comes from a modest research project conducted in 2008. This investigated the impact and the implications of targets for youth work practice in a rural county in the south-west, with a focus on the benchmarks identified in Resourcing Excellent ...

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