Defending Youth Work

Not sure who these people are (or where they’re from, or what they did) but the document linked to is worth a read. It’s called Defending Youth Work and is a fairly decent introduction to where the whole secular youth work identity crisis stems from.

Thirty years ago Youth Work aspired to a special relationship with young people. It wanted to meet young women and men on their terms. It claimed to be ‘on their side’. Three decades later Youth Work is close to abandoning this distinctive commitment. Today it accepts the State’s terms. It sides with the State’s agenda. Perhaps we exaggerate, but a profound change has taken place.

If you can’t be bothered downloading the Word document, I’ve saved it as a pdf file here.