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.
Chapter 7: Defining Good Youth Work
Defining Good Youth Work
Few people know what youth workers do and youth workers are bad at explaining it. This is partly because workers are often unaware of the skills they use, and partly because the work is so diverse and workers sometimes regard the kinds of work they themselves do as superior to other kinds. Youth workers need to appreciate the entire range of the work and to learn to describe the skills they use. Particularly important is to explain the way youth workers start from individual young people's learning needs, and form good relationships with them.
There is a story that may or may not have its origins in truth:
Matt had been going to the local youth ...