Should Youthworkers be ‘policing’ young peoples emotions?

Getting young people off the streets, that was and still is one of the old mandates for youth workers, getting young people into other institutions was another. Youthworkers effectively were tasked with policing the streets – or policing the third space in between organisations, so that young people wouldn’t fall through the gaps. There is a new place for youthworkers, to effectively police ‘in town’. … Continue reading Should Youthworkers be ‘policing’ young peoples emotions?

Can youth ministry and youth work really be all joined up?

An article has just been published in Youth and Policy in which Andy du Feu from Moorlands college asks whether there needs to be a larger table for youth work and youth ministry could sit and converse together in dialogue. It is an interesting piece and builds on Allan Clynes article in 2015 on the professional narrative in youth ministry. To read Andys piece have … Continue reading Can youth ministry and youth work really be all joined up?

‘Albermarleys were dead to begin with…’ A Youthwork Christmas carol.

‘Albermarleys were dead to begin with’,   Rang the sound in bells that hung over the town. It was Christmas eve and the workers at The department of education were still hard at it, while the rest of the village gathered festivities and trees and danced upon ice and shopped and smiled, but not those education workers who did the accounts and balanced their books. At … Continue reading ‘Albermarleys were dead to begin with…’ A Youthwork Christmas carol.

If you can deal with all of this, then being a youth worker is the right job for you

Beyond the table tennis jokes, and being paid to have coffee and go to meetings, being a youth worker is far more complex, from viewing young people in a distinctive way (at odds at times with the government, media, schools and social services), being involved in their lives in an equally distinctive informal way. Being a youth worker will require that you are astute in … Continue reading If you can deal with all of this, then being a youth worker is the right job for you

Finding common ground at #ywaf15

I have an hour at York station waiting for my connection back to Hartlepool on my way back from the youthwork and faith day at Bradford university hosted by youth and policy with some input from the In Defence of youthwork and other practitioners in the variety of fields of youthwork across many faith positions. In this hour and the time it takes me to … Continue reading Finding common ground at #ywaf15

Every young person should be given access to a youthworker

Its an incredible thing, and outside of the way in which the system operates in Britain, but in Sweden, every family is given the name and contact details of a social worker, so that the family can contact them, without the stigma attached to ‘having a social worker’ that currently exists in other countries, often played out by the narratives of the media, though challenged … Continue reading Every young person should be given access to a youthworker

The Government is right, young people just don’t need youthworkers anymore

Apart from ones that are in contact with youthworkers, know one or have been helped by one – most young people get on fine in life without one. For one thing now, most young people have the internet. And thats where they can message people like Childline if they need to contact someone, or the Samaritans. They can contact services for mental health, eating disorders … Continue reading The Government is right, young people just don’t need youthworkers anymore

Who’s going to listen to young people when there’s no youthworkers left?

If I was a pessimist id say that it hasnt mattered in the grand scheme of things. When countless youthworkers heard the voice of young people in Rotherham, albeit they were accused of over playing the seriousness of the situation, it was a voice that was ignored. Despite the good that the youthworkers did in Rotherham council has, due to budget cuts, removed youthwork and its … Continue reading Who’s going to listen to young people when there’s no youthworkers left?