Youth Research Conference 6 February

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

 yresearch the conference #yresearch15

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



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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