Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?

This week, on Monday Theresa May held a conference in downing street with a number of organisations on the back of a rising panic about knife crime in London, but not just London. What this conversation didnt seem to do was start to address the deep seated issues of poverty, cuts and reductions in youth services that have created an environment where these issues have … Continue reading Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?

Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength, in society or the church – but then again have they ever?

Theres a bit of a recurring conversation going on in a number of different places at the moment, that is building a conclusion that Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength. On one hand there has been the decimation, or virtual obliteration of funding from local councils (brought about from national government funding reductions, excused by ‘austerity’ as a narrative) towards statutory youth … Continue reading Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength, in society or the church – but then again have they ever?

‘its got nothing to do with the cuts to youth services’ – or has it…. ?

‘Its got nothing to do with the reduction in youth services’ At least that has been the governments response to recent news items such as; The increase in County lines in the last 4 years report 9th feb is here. But its their response after today’s news on radio 5 thus morning. The increase in knife crime in London The increase in young people referring … Continue reading ‘its got nothing to do with the cuts to youth services’ – or has it…. ?

Proposing Youthwork in school shows that the government doesnt understand youthwork at all

Take your mind back a week or so, before Brussels and the Budget, and before Nicky Morgan had a weekend in the limelight over education. There was the announcement that schools (even the compulsory new academies) should have extended opening hours, sorry I mean finishing time. (oops i confused a school and a private business, not unlike the government) The Daily Express reported it here … Continue reading Proposing Youthwork in school shows that the government doesnt understand youthwork at all