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 with Girls: A Feminist Perspective

Youth Work with Girls: A Feminist Perspective

Youth work with girls: A feminist perspective
Ali HanburyAmelia LeeJanet Batsleer

Chapter Objectives

The objectives of this chapter are to:

  • show how youth work with girls and young women can be developed as a response to sexism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression;
  • show how positive action to support girls and young women can be developed;
  • show how a critical conversation can be sustained in the face of narrow and negative policy agendas


Youth work has always engaged with both boys and girls. However, the ways in which girls’ needs always seemed to come second, with responses to them based on very limiting gender stereotypes, was the source of the eruption of youth work activism more than 30 years ago, which asserted that ...

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