There is a lot of discussion around at the moment about Outcome Based youth work with many people complaining there is now too much paperwork and monitoring involved in the field. For my dissertation, I'm hoping to explore and contrast the differences between Relational Youth Work and Outcome Based Models. I hope to post more about these approaches later.
In order to gauge how best to research the dissertation, I require the help of all you wonderful workers out there. Below is a link to a simple questionnaire. Please could you take 5 minutes to fill it out and let me know your experience on recording outcomes in youth work.
If you have any further thoughts or questions, then please contact me through this site.
Thought you might like to see this document. It's the one we use in Wiltshire to guide our approach to youth work delivery and the monitoring and evaluating of it. I'd be interested in your comments. E.g. the shift from contact to participation happens at step 3 - illustrated on pages 9 to 12. Hope you find it useful. I've also embedded the document below.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to answer the above questionnaire. In the past week, I've managed to get 15 responses so far and there is a whole load of mixed opinions! Feel free to complete the survey if you haven't already done so.
Generally people seem to be saying that they can see the benefit of recording outcomes and accreditation, but the process is time-consuming, repetitive and often only justifies their post rather than showing development of young people. Accreditation seems a particularly controversial area from these responses. Some people are saying young people want that sense of achievement, others are saying it’s too close to formal education and just ticks a box.
So I now want to ask some more provocative questions about the general direction youth work is taking in the UK!
Following the Government green papers 'Transforming Youth Work' (DfEE 2001; DfES 2002) and 'Youth Matters' (HMSO 2005), there has arguably been a focus on keeping and reconnecting young people with schooling, training and employment. There has also been an increased push towards 'delivery', accreditation, individualisation and targeting.
The following questions deliberately critique this approach in comparison to a more established definition of youth work listed below.
Mark Smith (1999, 2002) summarises five key elements that define youth work practice over the past 100 years. He states that youth work involves:
Focusing on young people,
Emphasising voluntary participation and relationship
A commitment to association (joining together in companionship or to undertake some task)
Being friendly and informal, and acting with integrity (workers should not only be approachable and friendly; but also that they should have faith in people; and be trying, themselves, to live good lives)
Being concerned with the education and, more broadly, the welfare of young people.
Department for Education and Skills (2002) Transforming Youth Work - resourcing excellent youth services, London: Department for Education and Skills/Connexions.
H. M Government (2005) Youth Matters, London: The Stationery Office.
Smith, M. K. (1999, 2002) 'Youth work: an introduction', the encyclopedia of informal education, www.infed.org/youthwork/b-yw.htm.
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