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Summary of national policy for the provision of services to young people in Wales 1844-2020

Author: John Rose, 2020
This paper provides an overview of policy at UK, national and local level, determining how services to young people in Wales will be developed and delivered. This does not intend to examine government policy in any depth. Rather, it intends to provide a broad overview as a means of providing a foundation for further investigation.

Improving the Level of Self-Esteem

Author: Alun Davies, STYLE Training 2020
Draft paper - A Practitioner’s Overview to Holistic Learning.

An impact on self-esteem through the enhancement of an individual’s cognition.

The objective of this discussion paper is to create a dialogue on the projected impact that non formal learning may have on a learner’s cognition. There are no attempts to present extensive research evidence relevant to the propositions made but selective theories will appear, where necessary, to offer clarity to the propositions, and aid the discussion.

The proposition argues that with the evidence/data collected, and set against the cognitive/learning skills, that are embedded within the standardised framework, it will demonstrate the positive connection that exists between enhanced cognition and improved self-esteem

Interview with Bert Jones from 2003 (audio file)

Author: Bert Jones / John Rose 2003
Recording of 20 minute conversation between John Rose and Bert Jones in 2003.

The marketisation and instrumentalisation of young people – Where is the love?

Author: Mick Conroy, University of South Wales 2019




Keynote talk: Cardiff & Vale College Conference 27th June 2019

The most visible differentiation between models of youth work across Europe exists in tensions between (positive) welfare-based and (deficit) target-based approaches. Any proponents of a more welfare-based youth work model often find themselves conflicted by the current growth of a neo-liberal, ‘New managerialist’ culture, which demands results based accountability and targeted, risk-assessed interventions.

During this talk, Mick Conroy, Course Leader for (BA Hons) Youth & Community Work Degree at USW challenged youth workers to re-imagine their current practice and examines the potential role that a ‘hybrid’ (PETAL) model of youth work practice and social pedagogy theory might play in achieving one of the key principles of Council of Europe (2008) of integrating young people into society.



Youth work and social pedagogy: towards consideration of a hybrid model

Author: Mick Conroy, University of South Wales 2019




The most visible differentiation between models of youth justice across Europe exists in tensions between welfare-based and justice-based approaches. Proponents of welfare-based interventions often find themselves conflicted by the current growth of a neo-liberal, nationalistic, and perhaps at times xenophobic political climate across Europe, calling for tougher sanctions and sentences for young offenders. As a consequence, the promotion of any primarily welfare-based approaches within youth justice settings across Europe has been slow to emerge within key strategies to develop effective interventions with young offenders.

This paper explores the merits of a youth justice model which embraces the welfare based ‘young people first - offenders second’ approach, and examines the potential role that a hybrid model of youth work practice and social pedagogy theory might play in achieving one of the key principles of Council of Europe (2008) of integrating young offenders back into society, and not their marginalisation and social exclusion.

 



Remembering Bert Jones 1935-2006

Author: John Rose, 2008
Transcript of a talk in memory of Bert Jones given by John Rose to the History of Youth Work conference in Durham in 2008. Bert and John had attended a number of these History conferences, running workshops and contributing to the discussions.  The subsequent book, Essays in the History of Youth and Community Work was published in 2009 in memory of Bert.

Implementation of the Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2019

Author: Welsh Government 2019




This document sets out the governance and delivery arrangements for realising the commitments identified in the Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2019.



Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2019

Author: Welsh Government 2019




This strategy sets out a shared vision for the future of youth work in Wales. The high-level principles set out in this document have been co-developed with young people and the youth work sector. The strategy identifies a series of actions that will move us closer to our long-term goals and will be supported by an Implementation Plan.



A youth sector response to the homelessness agenda in Wales

Author: Nick Hudd, Pembrokeshire Youth Service, 2019
Nick Hudd discusses the role of the youth work sector in addressing youth homelessness. He argues that the youth sector are well adept in providing support to young people experiencing the issues that can cause homelessness and, for those who sense a departure from more traditional forms of youth work, suggests that this agenda allows youth work practitioners to exercise their skills and experience in a way that can have a real impact.

Health and Wellbeing: A guide to working with young people

Author: Public Health Wales NHS Trust, Aneurin Bevan Gwent Public Health Team, PYOG 2018





This guide was developed as a resource for Youth Workers and a wide range of other professionals and volunteers who deliver health and well-being messages to children and young people aged 11-25. It provides health promotion information and activities on a range of topic areas.

Please note:






  • For some of the activities you will need internet access to view videos

  • Throughout the guide there are worksheets for which you will need access to a printer

  • Two PowerPoint presentations are available for download separately

  • The document will be updated online


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