Association Conferences in 2018


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. 

Members receive a discounted fee for attendance at all Association conferences and bursaries are also available to members for attending conferences that they would otherwise be unable to afford. Read more and review our conference using the box links below.

Up and Coming Events for 2018:

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:

  1. 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’

    Wednesday 16th May (Glasgow) 'Developing a Charter for Post-Brexit Youth and Community Work’


    Thursday 17th May (Belfast) ‘Revisiting the Value of Faith-based Youth Work’

    Thursday 24th May (Dumfries) 'Developing a Charter for Post-Brexit Youth and Community Work’


    Friday 25th May (Derby) ‘Youth Work and Inter-Professional Practice’


    Wednesday 20th June (Leeds) ‘Creating Spaces for Collaboration in Youth and Community Work’



The Associations 2018 Annual Conference:
The focal point of our conference activity is the annual residential conference that is usually held in late June or early July each year. The annual residential conference is an opportunity for members to spend an extended time together, to reflect on practice, present research papers and engage in workshops/seminars. It is also when our annual general meeting takes place. The annual residential conference rotates around the 4 nations of the UK and will usually be hosted by a subscribing institution.This years event is hosted by Wrexham Glyndwr University.


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:


No Theme Seminar Title Presenter Institution
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.

2015 Conferences
Details here of our March Day Conference, Annual Residential Conference in June, and links to papers and presentations.
2016 Conferences
Details on this page about our 2016 events including the January research day, March consultation series and Annual Conference. 
2017 Conferences
Details on this page about our 2017 events including the January research day, validation review meeting, and Annual Conference
Conferences Archive
Annual Conference papers and presentations will be available on this page as records are updated and archive files relocated.

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