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Coming of Age at Last? Youth Work, the Good Relations Legislation

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Wilson, Derick (2007) Coming of Age at Last? Youth Work, the Good Relations Legislation. Youth Studies Ireland, Vol 2 (No1 ). pp. 45-59. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Positive youth work practices that seek to develop trust and community understanding have been a reality in Northern Ireland since, at least, 1965. Although such work assists young people to develop self-confidence and prepares them for life in a more open and intercultural society, it has, until more recent times, tended to be peripheral in public policy terms across government departments, with some notable exceptions from Departments such as ‘Education’ and ‘Education and Learning’ and the Central Community Relations Unit (Eyben et al, 1997). The legal duty to promote Good Relations, the Shared Future policy initiative and the associated race relations plans have created a legal floor and policy platform on which to advance a more intercultural and interdependent society. They also provide an opportunity for innovative youth work practices to be acknowledged for their actual and potential contribution to the wider civic good. The Youth Service must examine the social purpose, reach and depth of its provision against the principles underpinning Good Relations policies – equity, diversity and interdependence. It must ensure that the individual, group and community work methods it employs are focused on personal development and on changing how society as a whole values and supports its young people. This article outlines the new legislative and policy context and explores theimplications – actual and potential – for youth work practitioners and providers.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Youth work; equity; diversity; interdependence; reconciliation; Good Relations.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:998
Deposited By:Dr Derick Wilson
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 14:36
Last Modified:16 Feb 2011 15:26

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