Youth work and youth justice in England and Wales: the history of a tense and troubled relationship

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    This chapter looks at developments within youth work policy and practice identifies various times which have provided opportunities for youth work to make a contribution to recent welfarist approaches emerging in youth justice settings. The chapter further explores the apparent paradox between the two settings, in that participation of youth workers in youth justice system programmes has often been seen as an unwanted and unnecessary departure from a welfarist approach. The chapter further argues that the punitive and targeted nature of youth justice settings perhaps undermines the youth work profession’s core commitment to open-access youth work, voluntary engagement and provision of universally accessible, non-stigmatising facilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe History of Youth Work Volume 6
    Subtitle of host publicationConnections, disconnections and reconnections – The social dimension of youth work in history and today
    EditorsFilip Coussée, Tanya Basarab, Howard Williamson
    Place of PublicationStrasbourg
    PublisherCouncil of Europe
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)978-92-871-8513-6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


    • young offenders
    • Youth work
    • youth justice system
    • Young People


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