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.

Enhancing Young People's Participation

Enhancing young people's participation
Kate Sapin

Young people often have limited control over many of the decisions that affect their lives. This chapter looks at ways of facilitating young people's participation that provide opportunities for them to develop skills and confidence in making their own decisions and to participate in decision-making processes.

Focusing on Participation

Youth work promotes young people's participation in decisions about issues that affect them, from relationships with their families and friends to environmental pollution, globalisation and world peace. Youth workers provide opportunities for young people to have a voice and a positive impact on the ways in which decisions are made. Young people's participation can improve existing services or make demands for new services to address community needs. Through youth ...

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