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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

This is a long awaited comprehensive account between youth work and the law. It is Essential reading for students, managers and practitioners providing useful excercises and summaries that demonstrate the issues for youth workers in the field.  Offering an historical narrative the book cuts through the complexities of national and international legislation relating to young people, offering useful contacts throughout and contributing important links to policy & practice, thus providing a platform for youth workers to keep up to date with current social policy.

Pat Woodward
Programme Leader, B.A. (Hons) Youth & Community Work, University of Bolton

A good resource providing case studies to use during reflective practice session.

Ms Gillian Wilde
Youth & Community Studies, Wrexham Glyndwr University
September 28, 2020

This covers the essential of the legality of the youth work profession. The book is accessible and covers a full spectrum of legislation in good depth. The case studies really help to bring the materials to life.

Dr Kaz Stuart
Health, Med Sci & Soc Care (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
May 13, 2016

This book will be of value to a small minority of students who need knowledge of the law because they have overall project responsibility within their current role. For others, the level of detail exceeds what they need for the course they are doing.

Mrs Ally Lee-Dudley
Training, 4Youth
March 3, 2016

This is an important book for any youth work practitioner; an understanding of the Law with regards to youth work is essential.

Miss Andrea Walker
Health and Community Studies , University of Bolton
March 18, 2015

Recommended for our students continuing on to study youth and community at degree level.

Miss Tracy Robson
Community Studies, Truro College
February 6, 2015

A valuable and informative text that encourages students towards a greater understanding of the key legislative issues. It offers a strong contextual framework for relating to and informing practice, providing a welcome clarity for students and practitioners alike for what is otherwise a complex or potentially complicated area. The use of case studies, tasks and exercises make useful resources for the exploration of theoretical, ethical and practical models of delivery.

Mr Cris Mepham
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
December 4, 2014

An excellent text that is informative and encourages students to think more widely about their practice. Understanding Youth Work Law has been adopted as essential reading to support the professional formation of youth and community workers.

Mr Pat Norris
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
October 7, 2014

It is an appropriate book for students to understand the context in which legislation is constructed.

Mr Baljeet Gill
Social and Youth and Community Work Old Headington, Ruskin College Oxford
September 19, 2014

Increasingly youth and community workers need a clear understanding of the law relevant to their work. This text provides this and more. It is a resource for students and practitioners to support their understanding of legal processes in practical and ethical and reflective ways.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
August 14, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Law, Youth Work and Ethics

Brian P. McGinley

Brian McGinley is a lecturer in Community Education within the School of Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to taking up his full time academic career in 2005 Brian was a senior officer in a Scottish Local Authority with responsibility for developing inter-organisational partnerships under the umbrella of Community Planning. Throughout his 21 years in practice, he built up substantial experience at operational, middle and senior management levels, directing inter-disciplinary teams and delivering mutli-dimensional services. These experiences have enabled him to carve out an academic profile through regular research,... More About Author

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