Developing practice or management struggle? Barriers to effective youth work practice with young women living with violence

Document Type



VDM Verlag Dr. Muller

Place of Publication

Saarbrucken, Germany


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Psychology and Social Science




Kulisa, J. (2008). Developing practice or management struggle?: Barriers to effective youth work practice with young women living with violence. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

ISBN 9783639051889


Youth work is ill-defined and practitioners come from a range of disciplines, thus a range of practices are claimed as youth work. This book discusses the workplace experiences of thirteen youth work practitioners as it relates to their work with young people living with violence. Research estimates that as many as 16% of Western Australian young people currently experience violence at home and young women in particular are most vulnerable to violence in intimate relationships. Practitioners acknowledge that many of the young people using their services may be included in this figure but often believe they cannot provide the support required. The book identifies an ideological tension between what youth workers are employed to do and what youth workers believe their role to be and argues for greater recognition of youth work practice and for the professionalisation of youth work. It claims that youth work is more than just the provision of recreation for young people and that professional youth work practice requires an extensive range of specialist skills.

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