Essays in the History of Youth and Community Work

Discovering the Past

Edited by: Ruth Gilchrist, Tony Jeffs, Jean Spence, Joyce Walker

For over 200 years, youth and community social workers have used various methods of practice, which continue to be recognizable and distinct. Leading practitioners have exercised considerable influence upon the social and organizational policies which helped shape welfare structures in Europe and the US. This history has important lessons to reveal in terms of current policy initiatives and the relationship between practice and policy-making. Sadly, the loss of historical memory has condemned successive generations of youth and community workers to continuously recreate theory and practice without the advantage of learning from previous successes and failures. This book draws out some of the lessons of the past so as to inform present practice. It makes an important contribution to the maintenance of the distinctive professional identity of youth and community work, helping to restore it to its place alongside the related welfare professions of social work and teaching.


356 pages

Publication Date: 3/31/2009
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781905541454