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  • Subject index

The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice showcases the value of professional work with young people as it is practiced in diverse forms in locations around the world. The editors have brought together an international team of contributors who reflect the wide range of approaches that identify as youth work, and the even wider range of approaches that identify variously as community work or community development work with young people, youth programmes, and work with young people within care, development and (informal) education frameworks. The Handbook is structured to explore histories, current practice and future directions: Part One: 'Youth Work' and Approaches to Professional Work with Young People Part Two: Professional Work With Young People: Projects and Practices to Inspire Part Three: Values and Ethics in Work with Young People Part Four: Current Challenges and Hopes for the Future

The Ethical Foundations of Youth Work as an International Profession
The Ethical Foundations of Youth Work as an International Profession
Howard Sercombe
Introduction

This Handbook, as far as I know, is the first book about youth work practice that is truly international. That is hugely significant, and not before time. A common understanding about youth work as a profession has often developed at a national level, but, usually, that is as far as it has gone, and there are often divergences even at a national level: for example between church-based youth work, uniformed organisations such as the Scouts, and funded, full-time practitioners. Not that there has necessarily been any conflict between youth workers in one country and another: it is more that nobody ...

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