A to Z Youth Work ‘C’

C: CRB Certificate

The Criminal Records Bureau Certificate that demonstrates the background check of a worker in the UK. Only designed to be part of a Safeguarding approach not the be all and end all

Also useful for Youth Workery brinkmanship with the well known game of “How many CRB’s have you got?
NB: This is an archaic term now, see ‘D’ for DBS

The Perks of being a Wallflower

I watched The Perks of being a Wallflower. What a wonderfully extraordinary film! A teen movie with depth
“I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be 16 when they turn 17. I know these will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We’ll all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening. I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite”.

Institute for Youth Work

The IYW is now up and running and you’ll find all the details here so you can think about joining! “But why would I join?” I hear you ask
Well, here’s what you get:
Quality assured continued professional development (CPD) opportunities
A voluntary register of professional, qualified members
A code of ethics for youth work, signed up to by all our members
Regular information and updates on sector policy developments
Membership discounts and incentives

A to Z Youth Work ‘B’

B: Belonging

There are too many places where young people are told they do not belong. Good Youth work is a place of belonging

Youth Work is also ‘community’ work, it belongs in, and is connected with, the community where it happens. Young people belong, not because they are users of a service, but because they have ownership of the work itself
(not too be confused with the non literal version used by Youth workers, as in:
Mangement group: “How soon until will we have the report or figures or Risk-Assesment
Youth Worker “Oh It won’t be long!”)

A to Z Youth Work ‘A’

A: Adolescence

Messy but wonderful process that is understood partially by teens, more fully by youth workers and not at all (on the whole) by parents (See ‘P’)

A wonderful developmental process between childhood and adulthood where everything is in flux. The young person is encountering massive change; intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. Their body clock also shifts by a couple of hours (later), whilst the navigating of new abilities, changing relationships (see again ‘P’) and the emotional highs and lows is pretty demanding (and tiring).
Some adults seem to think ‘adolescence’ is a recent phenomena. It is not! Young people have always gone through adolescence as an important life stage (unique to Humans and their development). Interestingly many adults have forgotten what adolescence was like contributing to a societal negativity towards young people!
In Summary:
Think of a Caterpillar becoming a Butterfly. A remarkable development …. but you need to expect a little complexity and mess during the transition!!

A to Z of Youthwork

Ok, grand plan afoot.
Over the next month I plan to do a daily post (but taking weekends off as youth workers are busy: sleeping, running paintball trips or repairing the damage from the Friday night Open Youth Club, and hence don’t read the blog) taking a letter a day as a kind of sideways look at Youth Work! I’m hoping this might be quirky (definitely), funny (hopefully) and useful (er, let’s not get carried away)
Suggestions welcome (remember that posting is a 2 stage process, ‘preview’ and then ‘publish’)
Today Youthblog’s guide to Youthwork is brought to you by the letter A (but not til this afternoon)

The iphone experience is dangerously immersive

No, I haven’t bought one!
I was in a mobile phone shop yesterday and was staggered by the number of people asking about or buying iphones. I thought the cult of iphone had passed … but no indication of that yesterday, or in the sales figures.
The faith in i-technology clearly has no bounds (or sometimes common sense) given the evidence of some people’s experience of being naively and willingly immersed in IOS7 alleged capabilities.