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What is Youth Work?

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What do we mean by youth work? Policy analysis: a first and vital skill of practice Participation Youth work as border pedagogy Detached youth work Creativity and partnership Youth work practice within integrated youth support services Targeting for youth workers Developing global literacy and competence in youth work Youth work with girls: a feminist perspective Anti-racism to community cohesion Youth work and the surveillance state Youth work prospects: back to the future?

About the Author

Janet Batsleer is Principal Lecturer and Head of Youth and Community Work at Manchester Metropolitan University. Bernard Davies has been a teacher, youth worker, youth officer and tutor on courses for teachers, social workers and youth workers and is now an independent consultant focusing on youth work and youth policies. He is visiting professor at Leicester De Montfort University and a trustee of the Muslim Youth Work Foundation and 42nd Street, a young people's mental health resource in Manchester. His publications include a three-volume History of the Youth Service in England and Youth work: A manifesto for the times.


"The book attempts the almost impossible task of answering the question: what is youth work? It provides a thorough observation of the diversity and ever-changing nature of contemporary youth work, enriched by an interesting history. This is achieved via language the layman can understand, whilst managing to stimulate debate for current and future practitioners." (Training Team, Wrexham Youth Service)

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