Category Archives: Youth Work

Posts here provide commentary on contemporary issues related to youth work – the provision of social and personal development of young people, often in informal settings.

12 Latest Insights Here On Amazing Generation Z

Following on from my recent post, Youth Work in a Time of Change, I wanted to share twelve insights I uncovered this year that will impact our understanding of Generation Z – young people aged 14 -21 years. The ideas … Continue reading

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Youth work in a time of change in England

The views of young people from Brighton Over the last eight years, our neighbourhoods and communities in England have seen severe cuts to services we rely on. This includes cuts to local authority funded youth work in England of about … Continue reading

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Don’t take more … give it back!

I awoke this morning early; the echoes of a vivid dream burning in my mind! I was at a conference about young people’s policy. The whole tone of the conference reeked of ‘Do more, with less”; one of the more … Continue reading

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What an absolute sham! Positive for Youth Progress …

The only thing remarkable about this recently-published report is that it is 35 pages  long! How long it must have taken them to find sufficient information to produce it, heaven only knows? What it tells us about the progress on … Continue reading

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I will NOT let an exam result decide my fate!

This post is for those of you who’ve ever wondered about the place of youth work in the modern day! Pondered what its role is in a society where ‘achieving’ at school is the mantra … and where ‘qualifications’ are … Continue reading

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A youth sector in crisis with significant challenges ahead

A youth sector in crisis with significant challenges ahead.

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Leadership of the sector

At the end of his response to my last post, Kevin Ford posed a question about the role of sector leadership. This really set me thinking and led me into an uncomfortable place but, nonetheless, a necessary one. This was partly because I … Continue reading

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Outcomes for young people … can we evidence this or not?

I felt compelled to write some observations on a seminar I attended today on the Catalyst Framework of Outcomes for Young People,  hosted by the North East Regional Youth Work Unit in Gateshead. Bethia McNeil from the Young Foundation, on behalf … Continue reading

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The Select Committee Report … helpful or not?

The much awaited report of the Education Select Committee on Services for Young People was published today. It is not hard-hitting … but does roast a few old chestnuts! It also tackles the Government on their perspective about young people in some … Continue reading

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Shrink to sustain and grow … not just to survive!

Over recent weeks I have helped a third sector organisation manage the consequences of a significant reduction in their funding support from their local authority. This will be a common experience across England for many in the voluntary and community sector at … Continue reading

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