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Understanding Youth Work Law

Understanding Youth Work Law

March 2014 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Understanding the law is now a more important part of youth work practice than ever before, and all successful youth work professionals need to understand the way that law and policy supports good ethical practice.

This book provides a coherent overview of the legal processes and requirements encountered by today’s youth work professionals, helping readers learn how to make informed ethical judgements and offer appropriate advice to young people. It offers an insight into how laws are made, explains major legal requirements for safe youth work practice and details a range of guidance on the current frameworks and legislation students and practitioners need to be aware of. Using real world scenarios, case studies, and reflective questions, it helps the reader to engage critically with the current legal context of youth work, and develop their thinking, skills and practice.

This is essential reading for all students working towards professional recognition in work with young people.

The Principle of Law and Youth Work
Law, Youth Work and Ethics
International Conventions
National and Local Governments
Operational Legal Requirements and Management Systems
The Application of Law in Youth Work
Outdoor Education
Detached Work with Young People
Establishing a Community Youth Organisation and Managing Premises
Hazards and Protection at Work and in the Community
Child Protection
Practising beyond the Law
Appendix 1: Draft Example - Health & Safety Induction Checklist
Appendix 2: Record of Drug/Medication Administration Form
Appendix 3: Accommodation Risk Assessment checklist

An ideal text for our second year undergraduate students. McGinley manages to synthsise important 'theoretical' concerns with the practicalities of youth work through effective use of activities and case studies. Engaging stuff, and a welcome addition to the literature.

Mr Graham Bright
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
April 4, 2014

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Chapter One: Law, Youth Work and Ethics

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