Youth Work in the Commonwealth

A Growth Profession

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Youth Work in the Commonwealth

Publication date: 4 September 2017
ISBN: 978-1-84929-173-6
Pages: 272

Youth Work in the Commonwealth: A Growth Profession establishes a baseline to inform the planning and implementation of initiatives to professionalise youth work in Commonwealth member countries. The study was conducted in 35 countries in the Africa, Asia, the Caribbean/Americas, Europe and Pacific regions.

It catalogues the extent to which the youth work profession is formally recognised in these countries and examines the qualities and rights-based ethos of the various forms of youth work promoted and practised in the Commonwealth.

The report aims to help countries learn from good practices, and assess gaps in establishing youth work as a recognised profession in diverse contexts.

ContentsExpand or collapse me

List of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
Message from the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers’ Associations (CAYWA)
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Executive Summary

1. Background
1.1 Introduction
1.2 A Youth Work definition and contexts
1.3 The Commonwealth’s role in strengthening youth work practice
1.4 Purpose of the Survey
1.5 Methodology and Data

2. Introduction to Youth Work
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The nature of youth work
2.3 Youth work for all, especially the marginalised

3. Defining Professionalism
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Professional practice
3.3 Professionalism in organisations
3.4 The baseline’s criteria for assessing professionalism and outcomes
3.5 Professionalism exemplified

4. Paradigms of Practice
4.1 Introduction
4.2 An overview of paradigms of practice
4.3 A mixed heritage
4.4 Uganda: bottom-up initiatives for the recognition of youth work?
4.5 Country X: youth empowerment and party political goals
4.6 Canada’s work with youth: is it youth work?
4.7 Psycho-social ‘models’: Canadian child and youth care work and Pravah (India) 1
4.8 Youth work in youth development – New Zealand and Zambia
4.9 Economics driving instrumentalist youth work: Bangladesh
4.10 Critique of instrumentalist youth work: India
4.11 Diverse contexts, diverse needs
4.12 Youth work needs to be inclusive but is not everything

5. A Selective History of Youth Work
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Histories
5.3 The growth of formal state processes and mechanisms

6. Trends in National Youth Work Practice
6.1 Introduction
6.2 State/national responses to youth work
6.3 Trends in regional responses
6.4 Conclusion

7. Legislation and Policy
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Legislation and policy for youth work
7.3 Regional trends in legislation and policy
7.4 Conclusions

8. Professional Associations for Youth Work
8.1 Introduction
8.2 What is a professional association?
8.3 An overview of youth work associations in the Commonwealth
8.4 Regional trends
8.5 The Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers’ Associations (CAYWA)
8.6 Conclusion

9. Qualifications Pathways
9.1 Introduction
9.2 A qualifications pathway for youth workers from short courses to PhD
9.3 What is a professional qualification?
9.4 A professional qualification in youth work
9.5 Accredited courses
9.6 Short courses (usually non-accredited)
9.7 Qualifications and competencies of teachers of youth work
9.8 Practice assessment
9.9 Conclusion

10. Regulating Practice
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Regulatory processes in youth work
10.3 Regional trends in regulating practice and practitioner safety
10.4 Trends in youth safeguarding and practitioner vetting
10.5 Conclusions

11. Professional Validation of Youth Work Education and Training
11.1 Introduction
11.2 A model of the professional accreditation of youth work
11.3 Replicability of professional accreditation
11.4 Professional accreditation in Commonwealth regions
11.5 Justifying the professional label
11.6 Conclusion

12. Professional Supervision
12.1 Introduction
12.2 What is professional supervision in the context of professional learning and development?
12.3 Youth work supervision in the Commonwealth
12.4 Developing professional supervision practice
12.5 Core factors in teaching supervision
12.6 Ways and contexts
12.7 Practice without supervision can become malpractice
12.8 Conclusion

13. Financial Investment and Youth Worker Remuneration
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Investment in youth work
13.3 Youth worker remuneration
13.4 Conclusion

14. Conclusions and Recommendations – Way Forward for Professional Youth Work
14.1 The ‘Musts’
14.2 The ‘Shoulds’

Annex 1: Identified Commonwealth Youth Workers’ Associations
Annex 2: Baseline Questionnaire
Annex 3: Baseline Interviewees
Annex 4: State/National Youth Representation Structures as of mid-2016
Annex 5: Principles Linked To Course Content and Subject Areas
Annex 6: Core Building Blocks for Youth Work Education and Training: An Example from Youth Workers’ Association, Australia
Annex 7: Graduate Capabilities: Youth Workers’ Association – Australia