In these times of austerity, continuing deficit reductions and the closure of so-called ‘lesser priority’ services have seen the position and value of youth work severely questioned. The true reality of this depends very much, of course, on locality and positioning within either public or third sectors. Does this then foretell the end for youth work?
The title of this post will most likely send shivers down the spines of many youth practitioners, and I can understand why. Youth work has it’s foundation in volunteering, providing safe spaces, creating opportunities, building relationships and providing a compassionate ear for young people, who choose to participate.
Ever since 18th Century chapels and churches opened their doors for Sunday schools, the informality of what the sector has been doing is what many see as it’s strength, . The rigours of targets and key performance indicators doesn’t seem to sit comfortably along side an informal, adaptable and needs-led approach. The very language…..accountability, tracking, impact assessment…….seems incongruous and intimidating to the sector.
Having gone through something of a personal brand realignment in 2013 (Voluntary Sector Evangelist to Alchemist, with Jedi already in pre-production), I was thrilled recently to have an opportunity to flesh out my threadbare new philosophy at Slotting the Pieces Together – the annual youth work conference of Learning South West.
Today I am proud that Brook in partnership with PSHE Association and Sex Education Forum has launched Supplementary Advice to update Government’s Statutory Sex and Relationship Education Guidance published in 2000. All of us committed to ensuring children and young people’s entitlement to good education about sex and relationships as part of PSHE education whatever school they are in, wherever they are in the country.
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