‘Lock-in’ policy for youth clubs

I link to this, because its incomprehensibility tells you a lot about the way secular youth work is run across different councils.

Doug Nicholls, general secretary of the Community and Youth Workers’ Union, has seen the draft policy and believes the move represents the work of someone “with no understanding of youth work”. He argued that it goes against the professional principles of youth work, whereby staff make their own rules. “It’s the first time I’m aware of any policy like this ever being attempted in youth centres from the top in this way, and it won’t work,” he said…

One youth worker from Somerset said: “We don’t want to get into a situation where we’re policing the building. We’re youth workers and that’s what we should be doing.”

It also brings out a lot of the tension that currently exists among the secular youth work trade about youth workers losing their identity and being rebranded and repackaged by people who don’t understand them.