Молодіжна робота: Маніфест для нашого часу (оновлений)

Youth Work: A manifesto for our times by Bernard Davies, the well-known thinker and writer on youth work | PRACTICAL, VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION, КОЛЕКТИВНА РОБОТА

Bernard Davies, Видання The Youth & Policy
2015 рік

Редакційна група Молодь та Політика (The Youth & Policy) опублікувала оновлений маніфест Бернарда Девіса щодо роботи з молоддю. Перший документ Девіса було видано більш ніж 10 років тому, в 2005 році. Маніфест став впливовим документом як в практичних так й академічних колах, які сконцентровані на особливостях роботи з молоддю. Робота допомагає у осмисленні ролі, розширення прав і можливостей добровільної участі (волонтерства) і роботи з групами в практиці молодіжної роботи на даний час.

The Youth & Policy editorial group are delighted to re-publish Bernard Davies’ Manifesto for Youth Work, re-framed to reflect on the current context for the field. Originally published 10 years ago in 2005, Davies’ Manifesto has been an influential document in both practical and academic discussions of what constitute the key features of youth work. We hope it stimulates reflection on the role of empowerment, voluntary participation and working with groups in youth work practice today. Re-publishing it in our 2015 election issue of the journal feels timely as we face what feels to be a critical juncture for youth work and youth services.

In this Special Feature, Bernard Davies sets out what he judges to be the most important and salient features of the activity which names itself ‘Youth Work’. Davies brings to bear the full weight of his broad and historically informed experience of practice, teaching, and research to assess the significance of the impact of the contemporary policy environment. He argues that it is crucial that youth work identifies and clarifies those aspects of its practice which distinguish it from other approaches to work with young people and the Manifesto is offered as a contribution to that process. Davies believes that if those associated with the work undertake this task effectively, youth work might grow and flourish in the new context. If practitioners and intellectuals do not take up this challenge, there is a danger that youth work might lose what little authority it already has to address the needs and interests of young people.

Davies has been the most significant practitioner and intellectual in the field of youth work in the last fifty years. His understanding of the nature of the work is based upon an enduring sympathy for the position of young people in society. This sympathy is informed by a systematic and critical understanding of the structural position which they inhabit as young people and as members of different social groups in an unequal and dynamic world. The Manifesto is not presented by Davies as a means of supporting youth work as a profession for its own sake, but because his understanding of the possibilities of the approach indicate that youth work at its best can offer a service to young people which is educational in the fullest meaning of that term and can make a contribution to social justice. Youth work which knows itself, is successful because it knows young people, and knows its own limits, tensions, possibilities and contradictions in relation to the interests of young people in a social, economic and political context.

Youth and Policy is publishing this Manifesto at an important juncture in the history of youth work. The publication of the Green Paper, ‘Youth Matters’ in July of this year sets the terms of the emerging debate within parameters decided by politicians. The next issue of the journal will be devoted to such debates. The Manifesto offered by Bernard Davies, (which will also be published by The National Youth Agency as a separate offprint), sets the scene for another debate, one conducted in the terms set by those involved in the youth work field. It is this which must surely inform the terms in which the Green Paper is