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.

Faith-Based Youth Work – Lessons from the Christian Sector

Faith-based youth work – lessons from the christian sector
Naomi Stanton

Faith-based youth work is becoming increasingly important in Britain today, but its relationship to wider youth work values is complex. Research into Christian youth work in Birmingham reveals a fundamental division between an approach based on traditional youth work values such as informal education, voluntary participation and young people's choice, and an approach whose purpose is to transmit the Christian faith. On the basis of these and other findings, a model of how Christian youth work operates is developed in which three ‘domains’ are identified – social provision, small study groups and wider integration – each with a different focus and purpose. Other researchers have found ...

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