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 Prospects: Back to the Future?

Youth work prospects: Back to the future?
Janet Batsleer

Chapter Objectives

The objectives of this chapter are to:

  • recognise the range of settings and contexts that characterise youth work in the UK, now and in the future;
  • consider the place of youth work as it responds to young people's lives in the context of liquid modernity’ and an intensification of individualisation;
  • offer resources for making alliances between critical democratic practice in youth work and other movements in education and in social care.

Youth Work in the UK at the beginning of the twenty-first century occupies an ambivalent space; on the one hand appearing to be under threat and on the other hand being valued and in demand, on condition that it constantly reinvents itself. ...

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