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Youth Work

Preparation for Practice, 1st Edition

By Jason Wood, Sue Westwood, Gill Thompson


232 pages

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Professional practice is at the heart of youth work training but integrating the theory learned in class with the reality of placements can sometimes require extra support. This comprehensive textbook is designed to help students working with young people become competent and ethical practitioners, able to reflect on their learning and interventions in young people’s lives.

Divided into three parts, this core text:

  • provides an understanding of and commitment to the principles of youth work
  • explores how contexts shape youth work
  • demonstrates the core practice skills that are required to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young people.

Engaging and practice-driven, this is an essential text for all students learning about working with young people, whether on youth work or allied courses. It includes case-studies, tasks, further reading and reflective questions to help readers make connections between their own knowledge and practice.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction Part 1: Principles 2. Preparation for Practice Learning 3. Locating the Self 4. The Ethical Practitioner 5. The Informal Educator Part 2: Contexts 6. The Community Context 7. The Policy and Organisational Context 8. The Partnership Context Part 3: Skills for Practice 9. Frameworks for Practice 10. Supervision 11. Reflective Practice 12. Working with Groups 13. Effective Communication 14. Challenging Oppression 15. Enhancing Participatory Practice

About the Authors

Jason Wood is Head of Sociology and Reader in Social Policy in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He has teaching and research interests in the relationship between youth work theory, policy and practice.

Sue Westwood is Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Development at De Montfort University, UK. She has specialist expertise in applying psychological theories and principles within the practice of youth and community development work and developing professional practice.

Gill Thompson is a Freelance Trainer and Youth and Community Worker and previously worked as Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Development and Field Placement Co-ordinator at De Montfort University, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery