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.

Youth Work in a Cold Climate

Youth work in a cold climate
Tom Wylie

Work with young people is currently taking place in a context where youth unemployment is rising, and where public funding for youth services is being cut. This chapter considers the challenges that this context presents for young people, particularly young people growing up in the most disadvantaged communities, and the challenges that it also presents for youth workers. It highlights the importance of continuing to make the case for investment in youth work, and of demonstrating how youth work can benefit individuals, communities and society as a whole.


Youth work has rarely marched with the wind at its back and the warming rays of the sun on its face. There have been brief ...

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