Semi-detached youth work

Good to see ‘informal Education’ getting being included in the Education Supplement of the Guardian as the focus is normally only the formal. The article in question is about Detached youth work and is quite positive and encouragingly seems to question why local authorities have cut back on detached provision.
The main thrust of the article though is covering that Detached Youth workers are increasingly being sucked into targetted provision and/or being located for a significant amount of time in Schools. The whys, hows and wheres of their deployment is a VERY important question, which my mind re-framed as how do we stop detached work being only semi-detached.

[Graeme Tiffany] says when he first started as a detached youth worker 15 years ago, he’d knock on a school’s door, tell them who he was and they’d slam the door in his face. “Now it has gone too far the other way,” he says. “We worry that we are being diverted away from our community-based practice. I don’t think schools in their present form are ever going to meet the needs of youngsters in deprived communities.”

(related, Federation of detached youth work web site ….. Their conference is Nov 13th-15th in Wigan)