The Association is committed to holding regular conference opportunities for its members and most events are also open to colleagues working in allied subject disciplines and/or agencies. These conferences serve the continuing professional development needs of our members, support ongoing research/knowledge exchange and address contemporary issues for the professional field of work and practice.
The Professional Association is funding a series of FREE* national, collaborative 'Policy and Practice' seminars around the UK. The
aim of these seminars is to foster greater levels of collaboration between higher education institutions and practice agencies
in the profiling of challenges and opportunities facing youth and community work policy and practice across the UK. Follow the
links below for more details:
Friday 20th April (Worcester) ‘Youth and Community Work in Transition’
Friday 4th May (Carmarthen) ‘Young People, Resilience and Wellbeing’
Tuesday 15th May (Newport) ‘Young People, Resilience and Wellbeing’
Thursday 17th May (Belfast) ‘Revisiting the Value of Faith-based Youth Work’
Friday 25th May (Derby) ‘Youth Work and Inter-Professional Practice’
Wednesday 20th June (Leeds) ‘Creating Spaces for Collaboration in Youth and Community
This years theme is: 'Emerging Landscapes: Constructing and Re-constructing Spaces for Youth and Community Work'
This years dates are: From 3.00pm on Wednesday 27th June to 3.00pm on Friday 29th June, 2018
The Association will be hosted by Wrexham Glyndwr University for this year’s
Annual Conference in the week that Wales celebrates ‘Youth Work Week’.
This provides a timely opportunity for Association members and our wider network to celebrate and reflect on the ‘emerging landscapes’
for youth and community work across the four nations of the United Kingdom and with our partners from around the globe.
In addition to our main conference sessions, there will be three seminar streams delivered in partnership with BERA
SIG Youth Studies and Informal Education (British Education Research Association Special Interest Group).
The seminars are scheduled* to include:
|1||Diversity of Practice||When letting go means opening up: Sticky issues for Diversity of Practice in Youth and Community Work||Jo Lewis||Worcester|
|2||Diversity of Practice||Partispace: Reflections from a European Research Project on Youth Participation||Janet Batsleer||Manchester Metropolitan|
|3||Diversity of Practice||Creative Nottingham North – A socially-engaged art programme as part of community development||Frances Howard||Nottingham Trent|
|4||Diversity of Practice||The case of 'ACYP' - austerity and the reimagining of youth and community work in the outdoors.||Jean Harris-Evans||Sheffield Hallam|
|5||Diversity of Practice||Outdoors Education as a context for transformation: exploring spirituality in wild places||Robin Smith||CYM (Staffordshire)|
|6||Sustainable Futures||How can we ‘measure’ what matters?||Susan Cooper||St Mark & St John, Plymouth|
|7||Sustainable Futures||Establishing semi-organised funding structures in Denmark through sensitive organizational logics||Anne-Lene Sand||Denmark|
|8||Sustainable Futures||Sustainable development on the Three Horizons||Wayne Richards||Worcester|
|9||Sustainable Futures||Reflections on a ‘successful’ recruitment strategy||Jon Ord||St Mark & St John, Plymouth|
|10||Sustainable Futures||“Youth Working Youth Workers – Navigating Support for Undergraduate Youth Work Students”||Tim Howell||Derby|
|‘“I‘m not going to become a suit” - discursive constructions of being a professional youth worker’||Paula Pope||Keele|
|The problem with youth facilities is that they are youth facilities||Brian Belton||YMCA George Williams|
|‘NEET’ to ‘Unknown’?: Youth and community workers collective identity in times of austerity||Liam Wrigley||Liverpool|
|How can HEI’s develop critical and collaborative Community and Youth Workers?||Liz Woolley & Dan Connolly||Sunderland|
|Youth work and community development - an (un)easy alliance?||Adam Muirhead & Helen Bartlett||Brighton|
* Seminars and presenters are subject to change and final confirmation.
Click on the links below to read about past conferences, download conference information or to access archived files.