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‘It’s where we send the naughty kids’. A comparative analysis of youth worker and teacher perceptions of each other
Author: Julia Swallow-Edwards, Cardiff Metropolitan University 2021A comparative analysis of youth worker and teacher perceptions of each other, in five secondary school settings in South Wales.
MA thesis. The aim of the study was to undertake a small scale comparative analysis of youth worker and teacher perceptions of each other, in five secondary school settings in South Wales. The objectives of the research were to gain an insight into, and better understand the views and lived experiences of both teachers and youth workers practicing in state run secondary school provisions, in order to improve project effectiveness and contextualise youth worker contributions within formal education settings.
What do Caerphilly East area young people and youth workers believe their 21st century Youth Service should look like?
Author: Nicola Rotten, University of South Wales, 2020MA Dissertation.
In November 2018 Caerphilly Youth Service introduced a pilot scheme with the purpose of providing a universal model of youth work delivery to increase participation of young people, recognised as requiring support, in a cluster area registered as the Caerphilly East. This dissertation evaluates this scheme, asking should it now become the adopted model of delivery. Through extensive examination of relevant literature and empirical research, involving a mixed method approach where young people and youth workers completed questionnaires and participated in interviews, two main themes were identified, ‘Building Blocks’ (pre-requisites for young people to thrive) and ‘Scaffolding’ (what is needed to hold up the services for young people).
Relationships, support and activities were recognised as working well, however the cluster size and availability of regular outdoor activities were found to not work so well. Improvements are required to the communication of information, number of sessions on offer and the participation levels of young people involved. Participants supported this scheme becoming the adopted model, although the researcher learned that the size of the cluster area requires a significant reduction and that young people and youth workers would benefit from being involved in cluster meetings.
An Exploration of Youth Work’s Impact on the Subjective Well-being of Young People
Author: Darrel Williams, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 2021
A phenomenological Study of Youth Work in Wales
This PhD study aimed to critically explore whether Youth Work can have an impact on the subjective well-being (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, 2013) of young people. To achieve this, a phenomenological research methodology has been utilised to research young people’s experiences of youth and community work across Wales in urban, rural and former industrial areas. The study employed a process of in-depth interviews with young people which supported young people to share their experiences of Youth Work and to identify the essence of its contribution to their subjective well-being (SWB).
The study identified four key themes integral to the relationship between Youth Work and subjective well-being of young people. These key themes are: firstly, the significance of consistency while growing up; secondly, the significance of key people; thirdly, the importance of place; fourthly, the significance of diverse experiences in Youth Work. The study identified 18 sub-themes which detail distinct elements of Youth Work and its contribution to the enhancement of subjective well-being. These key themes and sub themes enhance SWB by acting on the life satisfaction, life meaning and happiness of young people.
To explore these themes a model has been developed which utilises the interrelationship of ecological systems (Watling Neal and Neal, 2013) and Youth Work. This analysis recognises that social change is, for some young people, making a satisfactory transition to adulthood increasingly difficult and that Youth Work has a role which can ease this transition through enhancing SWB. Overall, it is concluded that Youth Work, based on a distinct set of characteristics, provides participants with opportunities to enhance their subjective well-being.
Summary of national policy for the provision of services to young people in Wales 1844-2020
Author: John Rose, 2020This 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 2020Draft 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
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.
How successful is a Caerphilly Learning Pathway Centre from the perspectives of young people, teachers and youth workers?
Author: Lucy Hill, University of South Wales 2018BA(Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth Justice) Dissertation.
This small scale research study involves a case study asking a question of whether a Learning Pathway Centre in Caerphilly is seen to be successful based on the perceptions of young people, teachers, and youth workers.
Exploring the Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Young People’s Romantic Relationships
Author: Ruth Cameron, University of South Wales 2017BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work Dissertation.
The purpose of this study was to identify the impact that Child Sexual Abuse can have upon young people reaching adolescence, with the intentions to understand how cognitive, emotional, social and educational development may be impaired.
TAG Seminar Newport: Young People, Resilience and Well-being – Programme and Speakers
Author: USW 2018One in a series of seven UK-wide policy and practice seminars in 2018 organised by TAG, the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work. This seminar, held in USW Newport, focussed on the topic of resilience and well-being with inputs from Steve Smith, Jo Sims, Dusty Kennedy, Samantha Howells and Laura Tranter.
This document includes the programme, pen picture of speakers and delegate list.