Help Needed!

13 February 2009 — 6 Comments

I’m currently undertaking some research for my dissertation and am looking for youth workers who can provide me with some insight to their practice. My dissertation is titled “Relational Youth Work: An Alternative to Outcome Based Models”.

Through an exploration of relational youth work, its effects on my practice, and by comparing it to youth work within the statutory sector, I hope to identify ways in which workers, agencies and policy makers can adopt a model of working with young people that fully embraces the values of informal education and empowers everyone involved in the process

In order to gauge how best to research the dissertation, I require the help of all you wonderful workers out there. Below is a simple questionnaire (hosted on Google Docs). Please could you take 5 minutes to fill it out and let me know your experience on recording outcomes in youth work.

If you have any further thoughts or questions, then please contact me through this site. Thank you in advance!

Jon

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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

6 responses to Help Needed!

  1. Hi Jon

    Happy to help if I can. I do some face to face and look at recorded and accredited outcomes but not much so not sure if that's any use to you. However I do have responsibility for outcomes with regards to NEET targets, teenage pregnancy, participation etc. Anything I can do give me a shout.

    Good Luck
    Hilary

  2. Does not fit the needs of young people. They have no `me time` and have so much pressure from school that when they come to other services that, in the past, acted as a saftey valve, they vote with their feet and reduce overall partisipation in posiative activity that was traditionally their agenda.

    The practice and emphasis on accreditation undermines the informal and voluntary partisipation of young people. Hard targeting only exacerbates the difficulties being experienced by youth workers in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. Youth work was never broken; but some (not so clever git) decided to fix it anyway. The problem then, as now, was that it trying to do its best in under-resourced conditions.

  3. Does not fit the needs of young people. They have no `me time` and have so much pressure from school that when they come to other services that, in the past, acted as a saftey valve, they vote with their feet and reduce overall partisipation in posiative activity that was traditionally their agenda.

    The practice and emphasis on accreditation undermines the informal and voluntary partisipation of young people. Hard targeting only exacerbates the difficulties being experienced by youth workers in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. Youth work was never broken; but some (not so clever git) decided to fix it anyway. The problem then, as now, was that it trying to do its best in under-resourced conditions.

  4. Hi
    I have stumbled upon your site and wondered if you could help me?
    I am doing my honours project for my BA Hons youth and community degree. I have chosen my title which is ‘An Investigation into Target Driven Youth Work and Accreditation’ I am only allowed to do secondary research and wondered of you have any advice and/or information that you wouldnt mind passing on to me?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Gemma,

      I hope I’m not too late in my response here – sorry! I’ll email you my final dissertation as a pdf. Feel free to come back to me with any questions.

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