In 2011, a cross-party Select Committee on Services for Young People criticised heavily the research base for the youth sector, concluding that ‘we experienced great difficulty in finding objective evidence of the impact of services … thematic research studies by academics and … evaluations of individual services. This problem plagued our investigations and was recognised… as a historic and continuing problem’.
Since then, under the Coalition Government’s austerity measures, we have seen the dismantling of local authority Youth Services across the country with Unison finding earlier this year that £260 million had been cut from Youth Service budgets so far.
There is a need for more research to underpin practice which takes place within field of youth work.
yresearch the conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to come together to explore and discuss recent research associated with youth work.
Dr William Mason from the University of Sheffield will open the conference with a presentation of his research into ‘communities of risk’ and the experiences of youth workers and marginalised young people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Other topics covered by research presentations at the conference include: adolescent girls’ behaviour on Facebook; gangs and youth crime; young people and domestic violence; youth training and apprenticeships, and; the role of youth work in these areas.
The day will conclude with a speech from leading youth work academic, Dr Mark K. Smith, on implications for the future of youth work and the role of research in this.
Following the event, there will be a wine reception and book launch with a free copy of new resource ‘Innovation in Youth Work: Creative Ideas for Practice’ for all attendees. This publication and the conference are supported by funding from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All: England programme.
For further information visit www.yresearch.org.
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Venue: YMCA George Williams College, 199 Freemasons Road,
Canning Town, London E16 3PY
Friday 6 February , 10a.m–4p.m.
£35 (£10 student concession) including lunch