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Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice

Second Edition

February 2013 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This popular textbook gives students a practical understanding of the broad range of skills they will need during the course of their studies and throughout their youth work career. The Second Edition includes a new chapter on practice placements, and has been updated to be brought in line with the latest policy and professional regulation context.

The book outlines the core principles and values of youth work, and shows that through a participatory, anti-oppressive approach, professionals can make an impact on young people's lives.

Topics covered include:

  • Reaching out to young people
  • Developing young people's participation
  • Working in different settings
  • Bringing young people together

Chapters include practical examples and further reading to enable readers to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The new edition will be essential reading for all foundation and undergraduate students of youth work. It will also be a valuable resource for qualified health, social care and education professionals who wish to understand the intricacies of working with young people.

Understanding Youth Work
Locating Youth Work in Different Settings
Reaching Out
Establishing Voluntary Relationships
Bringing Young People Together
Having Fun
Working on Issues
Sustaining Growth in Groups
Enhancing Young People's Participation
Developing a Project Proposal
Managing a Project
Organising Student Placements
Using Supervision

'Kate Sapin's new edition is grounded in the core values of youth work and explores contentious contemporary issues in an accessible and balanced manner. It is essential reading for all students of youth work from Foundation to Masters Level and for those working within the profession' -
Jean Hatton, University of Huddersfield

'Once again Kate Sapin delivers a clear, concise and relevant text to all interested in knowing more about the profession of youth work. This new edition builds on the strengths of the first one bringing further insight and clarity into previously covered areas as well as introducing the reader to new areas for exploration and reflection' -
Steve Bullock, University of Gloucestershire

The book is not only written in accessible language, with easy to follow practice examples bit it also provides a comprehensive overview of youth work. Looking forward to an updated edition.

Ms Keamogetse Morwe
Interdiscipline, University of Venda
November 15, 2018

Clear and concise introductory text to use with students and helpful practice exercises to explore learning. I liked the information provide on communication as well as the role play as this enabled students to further consider and develop their skill base.

Mr Lesley Parish
Social Work , Worcester University
June 15, 2015

An essential read for laying the foundations for the principles and purposes of youth work. I will use this for level 3, foundation degree students and level 4 students who are starting their youth and community work studies. It is easy to navigate and offers great guidance, applying theory and further reading suggestions on subject areas.

Miss Hannah Jones
Youth and Community Studies, University of South Wales (Newport)
January 30, 2015

A core reader which is used throughout our modules. An accessible and excellent read providing the foundations and starting points for students to start their professional journey.

Ms Jodie Low
Applied Social and Community Studies, Derby University
August 27, 2014

We have been using this text for several years now. The students find that is easy to relate to the examples provided.
This book is referenced in about 85% of assignments from students.
It is one which we would highly recommend to others.

Mr Carlton Howson
Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University
August 4, 2014

Does what the title suggests.
Focussed, readable and informed.

Mr Martin Hardwidge
Youth & Community, Oasis College
July 22, 2014

This has been really useful for my Level 3 youth work students. It breaks down youth work practice and is a really good text. I would recommend to people studying at either L3 or degree level.

Miss Katey Ribchester
Health and Social Care, Ethos College
March 30, 2014

An excellent book for UG and PG CYW students. It has been added to the essential reading list on our courses.

Ms Susan Morgan
Dept of Sociology & Appl'd Soc Studies, Ulster University
February 21, 2014

A good publication to support this sector

Mrs Jo Pothecary
Student Support & Engagement, Wiltshire College
February 4, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice: Understanding Youth Work

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