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Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice

Second Edition

January 2013 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This popular textbook gives students a practical understanding of the broad range of skills they will need during the course of their studies and throughout their youth work career.

Topics covered include:

- Reaching out to young people

- Developing young people's participation

- Working in different settings

- Bringing young people together

- Practice placements

The new edition will be essential reading for all foundation and undergraduate students of youth work. It will also be a valuable resource for qualified health, social care and education professionals who wish to understand the intricacies of working with young people.

Understanding Youth Work
Locating Youth Work in Different Settings
Reaching Out
Establishing Voluntary Relationships
Bringing Young People Together
Having Fun
Working on Issues
Sustaining Growth in Groups
Enhancing Young People's Participation
Developing a Project Proposal
Managing a Project
Organising Student Placements
Using Supervision

'Kate Sapin's new edition is grounded in the core values of youth work and explores contentious contemporary issues in an accessible and balanced manner. It is essential reading for all students of youth work from Foundation to Masters Level and for those working within the profession' -
Jean Hatton, University of Huddersfield

'Once again Kate Sapin delivers a clear, concise and relevant text to all interested in knowing more about the profession of youth work. This new edition builds on the strengths of the first one bringing further insight and clarity into previously covered areas as well as introducing the reader to new areas for exploration and reflection' -
Steve Bullock, University of Gloucestershire

A very well rounded book, covering essential key information for youth work students in developing their practice. Has been a fundamental book in the curriculum.

Mrs Charlie Porter-Baker
School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
May 29, 2024

An excellent book that addresses many of the issues in modern youth work practice.

Mr Robert Reynolds
Youth and Community Work, Plymouth Marjon University
August 12, 2021

An excellent book that brings key discussions about youth work practice to the student. The text is punctuated by thought provoking boxouts to clarify key ideas and reflections. An essential book for any youth and community student.

Mr Robert Reynolds
Youth and Community Work, University of St Mark And St John
March 18, 2021

Excellent all-round book for Youth and Community practitioners. It is accessible, practical and well organised. A good starter on lots of practice-based issues.

Steph Green
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
October 28, 2020

The book is not only written in accessible language, with easy to follow practice examples bit it also provides a comprehensive overview of youth work. Looking forward to an updated edition.

Ms Keamogetse Morwe
Interdiscipline, University of Venda
September 2, 2019

Clear and concise introductory text to use with students and helpful practice exercises to explore learning. I liked the information provide on communication as well as the role play as this enabled students to further consider and develop their skill base.

Mr Lesley Parish
Social Work , Worcester University
May 11, 2016

An essential read for laying the foundations for the principles and purposes of youth work. I will use this for level 3, foundation degree students and level 4 students who are starting their youth and community work studies. It is easy to navigate and offers great guidance, applying theory and further reading suggestions on subject areas.

Miss Hannah Jones
Youth and Community Studies, University of South Wales (Newport)
January 30, 2015

A core reader which is used throughout our modules. An accessible and excellent read providing the foundations and starting points for students to start their professional journey.

Ms Jodie Low
Applied Social and Community Studies, Derby University
August 27, 2014

We have been using this text for several years now. The students find that is easy to relate to the examples provided.
This book is referenced in about 85% of assignments from students.
It is one which we would highly recommend to others.

Mr Carlton Howson
Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University
August 4, 2014

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