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Responding to Youth Violence Through Youth Work$
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Mike Seal and Pete Harris

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323099

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323099.001.0001

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Creating policy for good practice

Creating policy for good practice

(p.165) Ten Creating policy for good practice
Responding to Youth Violence Through Youth Work

Mike Seal

Pete Harris

Policy Press

In this chapter, the author discusses the impact of current trends within policymaking at national and European level. The author then posits that policymaking around youth violence should occur at a macro (national) and micro (local) level, employing regular ‘round tables’ to discuss the contribution of youth work. Youth workers and young people should be actively involved in these as part of a culture of research and reflection. Contracting and commissioning regimes should be minimised in order to facilitate strongly collaborative (rather than competitive) partnership-working cultures and other professional training courses should include sensitisation to youth work methodologies. Policy needs to be underpinned by a recognition that youth work offers a socio-educational approach to violence prevention that can respond at all the levels outlined in our model, including the structural. Finally, the chapter explores the politics of public space, arguing that policy should formally recognise the positive value of young people’s social mixing, especially in public space, and re-evaluate policies that discourage this mixing.

Keywords:   policy, roundtables, contracting, structural, public space

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