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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

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

Very useful text regarding youth work. Presents a nice balance between theory and practice covering major areas of course syllabus such as understanding youth work, enhancing young peoples participation and developing project proposals.

Ms Danielle White
Education , University of Manchester
January 27, 2014

I would recommend this text to students undertaking their Youth and Community Work degree.

This text covers a wide range of topics that will enable students to fully understand the principles and practices of Youth work.

Mr Grant Poiner
School of Social Justice and Inclusion, University of Wales, Trinity St David
December 2, 2013

Does what it says on the tin

Ms Ursula Curwen
Social Sciences, Edge Hill University
November 21, 2013

An excellent book, which provides a great overview. Students find it readable!

Ms Alison Fielding
Department of Professional Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 30, 2013

Excellent book, general enough to be adopted to the Irish setting. Good diagrams and visuals. Easy to read and well laid out for students

Ms Dee Kearney
Social Studies, Liberties College
October 24, 2013

Recommended resource for youth worker students and those wanting to understand good practice.

Ms Dawn O'Connell
Centre for Youth Ministry, St John's College
September 19, 2013

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