In need of hydration

Howard Williamson, Filip Coussée

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    Many of the cherished values of classical 'youth work' are under threat from new managerial and political requirements concerned with targeting, measurement and outcomes. Youth work has to adopt a 'double-headed' stance to its activity, responding to the needs and demands of young people as well as those of funders. These may often be in tension, if not conflict. Should technical demands outweigh professional values, then youth work is seriously threatened with 'de-hydration'; if it is to be effectively 're-hydrated', proper attention has to be given to its anchoring principles of relationships, time, patience, and process. Youth workers are themselves gardeners, not mechanics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationN/A
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2011
    Event European Youth Workers Conference Vulnerable Youth in the City - Antwerp
    Duration: 8 Jun 201110 Jun 2011


    Conference European Youth Workers Conference Vulnerable Youth in the City


    • youth
    • policy
    • exclusion


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