Youth Work Practice

Youth Work Practice

Paperback BASW Practical Social Work

Edited by Tony Jeffs, Edited by Mark K. Smith


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 139mm x 245mm x 11mm | 263g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230543022
  • ISBN 13: 9780230543027
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 1 figures
  • Sales rank: 437,454

Product description

As a contemporary reflection on current practice, this book tackles the diversity of what 'youth work' means and the challenging yet rewarding job that it is. It offers a meaningful insight into the everyday experiences of a youth worker, written by practitioners themselves. In a clear conversational style, the text analyses the many aspects of youth work, including activities, group life, making conversation and mentoring, alongside practical guidance to advise on working with today's young people. Jeffs and Smith's previous book, Youth Work (1988), was a seminal text on working with young people. This successor text, Youth Work Practice is its equal in providing an intriguing update for all those studying or working with young people.

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Author information

TONY JEFFS is an Honorary Lecturer at Durham University, UK, and Visiting Tutor at Ruskin College, Oxford, and Bedfordshire University, UK. Amongst his many publications are Young People and the Youth Service (1979); Youth Work (1988 with Mark Smith); Henry Morris (1999) Informal Education (1999 with Mark Smith) and Essays in the History of Youth Work (2001) and Architects of Change. Studies in the history of community and youth work (2004) (both edited with Ruth Gilchrist and Jean Spence). Tony is Editor of the journal Youth and Policy. MARK K. SMITH specializes in the field of informal education and community learning. He is the Rank Research Fellow and Tutor at YMCA George Williams College, London, UK, and has been a Visiting Professor in Community Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has worked as a careers officer, youth and community worker, and project worker. He studied economics and politics at the University of Lancaster, and did his doctorate in the philosophy of education at the University of London.

Table of contents

Note on Terms Introducing Youth Work; T.Jeffs& M.K.Smith Relationships, Friendships and Youth Work; H.Blacker Engaging in Conversation; H.Smith Being With an Other as a Professional Practitioner: Uncovering the Nature of Working with Individuals; D.Collander-Brown The Cultivation ofGifts in all Directions: Thinking About Purpose; D.Forrest Programmes, Programming and Practice; R.Gilchrist Activities in Youth Work; S.Harte Advising and Mentoring; G.MacLeod Enhancing Group Life and Association; G.Patton Working With Faith; H.Nurden Managing and DevelopingYouth Work; G.Millar Sustaining Ourselves and Our Enthusiasm; C.Pugh Monitoring and Evaluating Youth Work; J.Rose Conclusion; T.Jeffs& M.K.Smith