9780230543027

Youth Work Practice

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230543027

  • ISBN10:

    0230543022

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

As a contemporary reflection on current practice, this book tackles the diversity of what 'youth work' means and the challenging yet rewarding job that it is. It offers a meaningful insight into the everyday experiences of a youth worker, written by practitioners themselves. In a clear conversational style, the text analyses the many aspects of youth work, including activities, group life, making conversation and mentoring, alongside practical guidance to advise on working with today's young people.Jeffs and Smith's previous book, Youth Work (1988), was a seminal text on working with young people. This successor text, Youth Work Practice is its equal in providing an intriguing update for all those studying or working with young people.

Author Biography

TONY JEFFS is an Honorary Lecturer at Durham University, UK, and Visiting Tutor at Ruskin College, Oxford, and Bedfordshire University, UK. Amongst his many publications are Young People and the Youth Service (1979); Youth Work (1988 with Mark Smith); Henry Morris (1999) Informal Education (1999 with Mark Smith) and Essays in the History of Youth Work (2001) and Architects of Change. Studies in the history of community and youth work (2004) (both edited with Ruth Gilchrist and Jean Spence). Tony is Editor of the journal Youth and Policy.


MARK K. SMITH specializes in the field of informal education and community learning. He is the Rank Research Fellow and Tutor at YMCA George Williams College, London, UK, and has been a Visiting Professor in Community Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has worked as a careers officer, youth and community worker, and project worker. He studied economics and politics at the University of Lancaster, and did his doctorate in the philosophy of education at the University of London. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. x
A note on termsp. xii
Introducing youth workp. 1
What is youth work?p. 1
The benefits of youth workp. 4
The changing contextp. 7
Changing policies and structuresp. 10
The way forwardp. 12
In conclusionp. 14
Relationships, friendship and youth workp. 15
Relationships and youth workp. 17
Friendshipp. 25
In conclusionp. 30
Engaging in conversationp. 31
Ways of talkingp. 32
Trusting in conversationp. 34
Forms of talkp. 35
The place of selfp. 36
Spacep. 37
In conclusionp. 40
Being with an other as a professional practitioner: uncovering the nature of working with individualsp. 41
Clearing the groundp. 42
Choosing your rolep. 44
Finding the settingp. 45
Building a working alliancep. 46
Resources - using theoryp. 49
Resources - understanding and using feelingsp. 51
Pressure to actp. 52
In conclusionp. 53
'The cultivation of gifts in all directions': thinking about purposep. 54
Models of youth workp. 57
Youth work as informal education: a reflexive accountp. 60
The purpose of youth work: 'cultivating gifts in all directions'p. 64
In conclusion: an empowering approach to work with young peoplep. 67
Programmes, programming and practicep. 70
Uniqueness of youth workp. 72
Dividing timep. 73
Purpose and planningp. 75
Putting it all togetherp. 77
Planning and programmingp. 80
In conclusionp. 82
Activities in youth workp. 85
A starting pointp. 87
Education and learning through activitiesp. 90
Theories and models in activities - how does it happen?p. 92
Evaluating activitiesp. 93
Challenges and issues in activity-based workp. 96
Dangers and risksp. 97
In conclusionp. 99
Advising and mentoringp. 101
What is advice?p. 102
Place of advice within youth workp. 103
What is mentoring?p. 105
Why mentoring?p. 106
Peer mentoringp. 107
Learning mentorsp. 108
In conclusionp. 109
Enhancing group life and associationp. 111
Joining inp. 111
Group workp. 113
Associationp. 115
Fostering group life and associationp. 117
In conclusionp. 119
Working with faithp. 121
Towards an understandingp. 121
Historical perspectivep. 124
Faith-based youth workp. 125
A spiritual age - youth work's responsep. 127
An expanding business - the employment of faith-based workersp. 128
Some examples from practicep. 129
Working with faith - some closing thoughtsp. 131
Managing and developing youth workp. 133
Organisational frameworksp. 135
Vision, leadership and directionp. 139
Key tasks for youth work managersp. 141
In conclusionp. 144
Sustaining ourselves and our enthusiasmp. 145
Knowing yourselfp. 146
Maintaining intellectual and emotional developmentp. 148
Managementp. 150
Boundaries and burnoutp. 151
When you've had enough, stop, and try something elseÓp. 153
And finally remaining hopefulp. 154
Monitoring and evaluating youth workp. 156
Youth work and the new managerialismp. 157
What do youth services and agencies need to do?p. 158
What do youth workers need to do?p. 159
How can we go forward?p. 165
In conclusionp. 166
Conclusionp. 168
Referencesp. 171
Indexp. 186
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