Youth and community work in the 70s – a philosophy for the 70s

This particular chapter (VII) of the Fairbairn-Milson Report (Youth and Community Work in the 70s) outlines the broad shape of the approach taken in the report. return to main contents page for Youth and Community Work in the 70s [page 55] 150. Although we intend to look later in our report at the different needs […]

Youth and community work in the 70s – introduction – future age range

This short chapter of the Fairbairn-Milson Report (Youth and Community Work in the 70s) (1969) argued for the disappearance of the 14-20 age range as a defining feature of the work. return to main contents page for Youth and Community Work in the 70s [page 65] 175. Few would dispute that the fulfilment of the […]

Youth and community work in the 70s – the active society

Chapter viii of Youth and Community Work in the 70s (the Fairbairn-Milson Report 1969) provides an explicit statement of the sort of society the Committee wanted to see. Drawing heavily on Etzioni’s (communitarian) vision of the active society, they argued for the critical and active involvement of young people in society. return to main contents […]

Youth and community work in the 70s – the youth service and the under-fourteens

This brief chapter (x) from the Fairbairn-Milson Report (Youth and Community Work in the 70s) (1969) sets out some questions about the work and recommends a n investigation into the needs of this group. return to main contents page for Youth and Community Work in the 70s [page 67] 177. The problem of the under-14s […]

Youth and community work in the 70s – the younger teenage group

This particular chapter (xi) of the Fairbairn-Milson Report (Youth and Community Work in the 70s) (1969) argues for an increased opportunity for involvement and responsibility, and for establishing satisfying personal relationships. contents: introduction · youth work in schools · development/teachers centres · youth work in further education establishments return to main contents page for Youth […]

Youth and community work in the 70s – the young adult group

This chapter of the Fairbairn-Milson Report (Youth and Community Work in the 70s) (1969) contains some significant and brave statements about the nature of work with young people. It argues for a community development approach and for political education and sets out the implications for various groups and institutions in society. contents: introduction · self-determination […]

Aiming high for young people: a ten year strategy for positive activities

In July 2007 HM Treasury published its strategy for young people in England. While being based in a much fuller discussion of questions than previous English statements with regard to services for young people over the preceding ten years it had a number of fundamental flaws. contents: introduction · aiming high for young people – […]

Larry Parsons: Youth work and the spark of the divine

In this piece Larry Parsons reflects on his philosophy of youth work – and the fundamental significance of the spark of the divine that he believes is in everyone. (First published as a Rank Foundation/YMCA George Williams College pamphlet) contents: foreword • introduction • human nature • youth work • conclusion • christian youth work home […]

From youth work to youth development. The new government framework for English youth services

In this (2003) piece Mark K. Smith outlines some key lines of critique around the government specification for English youth work; explores the drive to youth development; and argues that there is hope for alternatives. It was first published in Youth and Policy 79. contents: introduction · some issues and problems · from youth work […]

Part-time youth work in an industrial community

Subtitled ‘an analysis of some underlying assumptions and theoretical and political implications’, this booklet by Bernard Davies (published in 1976) provides us with a wonderful exploration of youth work – and the impact it had upon its practitioners. It reveals youth work as a deeply personal and political experience and practice. contents: preface · introduction […]

Moving forward. A strategy for improving young people’s chances through youth work

The Scottish Executive’s (2007) National Youth Work Strategy displays many of the same concerns (and weaknesses) as those revealed in the English and Welsh strategies. Surprisingly, given the concern with community learning in Scotland, the document fails to locate youth work fully within civil society and doesn’t fully get hold of youth work as a […]

The purpose and content of the youth service

This Report of the Youth Advisory Council appointed by the Minister of Education in 1943 (and published in 1945), provides a classic statement of youth work as non-vocational group work. contents: preface · foreword · chapter 1: background · chapter 2: purpose · chapter 3: content The first report of the Youth Advisory Council, published […]

Transforming youth work – resourcing excellent youth services

Published in December 2002, this is the English Department of Education and Skills’ specification for youth services. It continued and refined the government’s ‘modernization’ attempt to alter the character of youth service work. Download the report [This is a very large file – 3249kb – if you have problems connecting please let us know via […]