Title

Institutional Context and Youth Work Professionalization in Post-Welfare Societies

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Routledge

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

17434

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Child and Youth Services on 10 June 2013 as: Cooper, T. (2013). Institutional context and youth work professionalization in post-welfare societies. Child and Youth Services, 34(2), 112-124. Original article available here

Abstract

This article contends that opposition to professionalization has been led by writers from the United Kingdom and Europe who tacitly assume the (continued) presence of institutions that were a feature of the British context in the 1970s and early 1980s, and that still exist in modified form today. Most of these institutions are absent in the contemporary Australian context, and absent in many other post-welfare societies. The author concludes that in Australia there are significant gaps in institutional support for youth work, and that professionalization of youth work is necessary to address problems this creates. The article further concludes that in the current environment in Australia, on balance, the risks associated with failure to professionalize are greater than the problems associated with professionalization.

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