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2. A Practical Model for Youth Work Practice: Unpicking the Epistemology
This article is based on the premise that youth work practice is contained within a Community of Practice (Lave and Wenger. 1998) underpinned by and through experiential learning mirroring a quasi-Steiner approach to learning. The amalgamation of these three tenets make youth work, as practiced mainly by qualified workers, an interesting template that tips the balance of learning in favour of young people rather than based on a more formalized curriculum. The blending of both informal, non-formal and formal approaches within a youth work context is, we will argue, a more holistic approach to the development of learning which is based on the needs of young people.
In a previous article (Gallagher and Morgan. 2013) it was argued that while youth work should be independent of the school system it could offer a valuable contribution that will complement the learning process. This article takes the debate further by suggesting a model that could be emulated in other youth work projects and that might form the basis of collaboration between the formal and informal sectors.
3. A Practical Solution for Measuring Outcomes in Youth Work: Developing Structured ‘Experiental’ Growth Groups
This article is a positional paper on the need to reinvent or at least reinvigorate the use of group work in a youth work context. While youth work practitioners work with many diverse groups the imposition of an imposed policy curriculum continues to shape the nature of the group process towards, we contend, a more prescribed set of outcomes.
What we are suggesting in this paper is that if we know the expected outcomes that many young people need to achieve in life in order to make them more resilient and self-aware of their lives, do we need to emulate the formal didactic approach to learning, i.e. as in school? If we have a vehicle in which and from which these outcomes can be achieved do we really need a curriculum? Or more appropriately can the curriculum emanate from the lived lives of the young people themselves?
This paper presents a practical approach to the measurement of outcomes in youth work. What we are proposing is that the ‘core’ of youth development can be addressed and achieved within an ‘experiential growth group’ and that the process is indeed the product. In other words we are proposing a move away from highlighting the end product of outcomes or ‘expected ‘ outcomes to refocusing on the vehicle in which and from which certain less tangible and nebulous outcomes can be nurtured and recorded.
4. A sustainable future: youth work’s contribution to Welsh Government’s ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations’ policy and ‘Successful Futures’ review
The Welsh Government Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the recommendations from Donaldson’s Successful Futures review gives youth work in Wales a refreshed opportunity to prove its value and create for itself a sustainable future.
This article explores the contribution youth work can make to these Welsh Government policy agendas.
Jamie Jones-Mead was awarded a bursary from Youthworkwales to complete this article.
Jamie is a professionally qualified youth and community worker. He has 15 years’ experience as a youth worker and has worked in a number of settings in Wales, the UK and globally.
These include in statutory youth services, with young disabled people, young offenders, young cancer patients and significant experience in the third sector. As well as being an experienced practitioner, Jamie has a particular interest in health and wellbeing, having spearheaded and managed ASH Wales' youth tobacco and smoking programmes, and is currently working in a public health setting.
6. Agenda for a Generation - Building Effective Youth Work
This paper, prepared by a UK-wide alliance of representative youth work bodies, sets out the basis for a fully developed and properly resourced youth policy which the country needs now.
7. Albemarle Report synopsis
Summary of advances brought about by the Albemarle report of 1960.
8. Audit of Local Authority Youth Service 2000-2001
Summary of findings from 10 local authority Youth Services for 2000-2001, covering:
1. Details of Youth Service – location within LA / basic details
2. Youth population / spending per head / expenditure
3. Type of youth provision
4. Funding sources
5. Staffing levels
6. Staff development and training
9. Bert Jones Memorial Lecture 2009: John Rose, What Changes Lie Ahead for the Youth Service?
Text of lecture which reflects on the past and attempts to identify what changes lie ahead for the Youth Service
10. Briefing on Education and Local Government Reorganisation
This briefing concerns the planning of education services and is intended to help elected members, chief executives and others involved in establishing authorities created or reshaped by the local government review in 1996.