Working with Young People is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for supporting young people as they learn about themselves, others and society and prepare for the transition to adulthood. It introduces the fundamental concepts and issues that lie at the heart of contemporary work with young people and challenges you to think deeply about: - the social context of young people - values and principles that underpin practice - the variety of settings in which practice takes place, and - the importance of informal learning in the lives of young people. Whether you are a new student or returning to study, Working with Young Poeple provides a stimulating introduction and a foundation for further study. Sheila Curran is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Roger Harrison is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Donald Mackinnon is Lecturer at The Open University.

Policy, Practice and Research in Work with Young People

Policy, practice and research in work with young people
Jason WoodJean Hine

In recent years there have been significant shifts in the landscape of work with young people. These have followed changes in policy, in social and economic conditions and in the knowledge base through which we understand young people. This chapter examines some of these changes, drawing attention to their implications for practice and practitioners. In particular it points up the tendency to view young people as ‘at risk’, either to themselves or others, as a driver for changes in policy and practice.


The past ten years have seen significant expansion and change in work with young people. The field once occupied predominantly by youth services, ...

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