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.

Working with Groups of Young People

Working with groups of young people
Jane Westergaard

Changes in education have led to the creation of new roles intended to provide ‘support’ for young people. Much of the work that ‘youth support workers’ do is focused on working with individuals, but it also requires them to develop skills in working with groups. This chapter looks at the benefits of working with young people in groups, the different forms that group work can take, and the roles that different practitioners can play in supporting young people's learning and development in groups.


The changing education landscape in recent years has placed an emphasis on employing a range of individuals whose role is to provide ‘support’ to students. The focus in teaching and ...

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