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.

What do We Mean by Youth Work?

What do We Mean by Youth Work?

What do we mean by youth work?
Bernard Davies

Chapter Objectives

Drawing on both historical and contemporary sources, this chapter will set out a number of the core features of youth work, which, it is argued, in combination define it as a distinctive form of practice with young people.

Can Youth Work be Defined?

Youth work is a way of working with young people that has been thought up and practised by human beings – in all their diversity. How therefore could it mean exactly the same thing to every volunteer, youth worker, youth work manager or policy maker? In fact, its definition has always been a matter of sometimes fierce debate. Originally called ‘youth leadership’, it has also responded to changed ...

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