Thinking seriously about Youth Work and Policy with Oginsky!?

I’m under severe manners to ignore Paul Oginsky. Thus without further ado it is good to bring your attention again to the Youth & Policy conference, Thinking Seriously About Youth Work and Policy.

  • Thursday, March 15, 2012
  • Time
    10:00am until 5:00pm
  • YMCA George Williams College, Canning Town, London

Naomi Stanton writes, Youth and Policy’s fourth ‘thinking seriously’ conference, supported by YMCA George Williams College, will explore the implications of Coalition youth policy for the youth work field. The conference aims to bring together political, academic, managerial and practice perspectives for open dialogue about policy affecting young people and youth work.

Over recent months, many events have taken place with subsequent policy implications for youth work organisation and practice. Following the implementation of Coalition spending cuts, the Select Committee on Services for Young People, and the riots of summer 2011, a conference to reflect on these events and their policy consequences in early 2012 is timely and useful. We hope that the conference will present a challenge to practitioners, managers and academics to consider the new landscape, and how policy and practice might be better shaped in the light of evidence and experience.

We are delighted that Paul Oginsky has agreed to attend the day and will be subject to a Q&A session about the rationale of current and imminent youth policy – so bring your questions for him!

Other highlights include a reflection on the Select Committee by Ian Mearns (MP), a youth work panel session to be led by Bernard Davies, and workshops on the NCS, teenage pregnancy, the PREVENT agenda, and the role of faith-based and voluntary organisations in the Big Society.

Please contact for more information and/or a booking form.


Having passed on the info and I hope loads of you make it to the conference, I remain under discipline as to my true feelings about Mr Oginsky. However to help in your quest to find questions for Mr NCS, as he is fondly known within the social enterprise milieu, here is an interview with this ‘self-made’ guru.

And if you are looking for evidence of his theoretical accomplishments, look no further than this derivative exercise in egocentrism, the Oginsky model.

Oh, and I give in, almost a year to the day I posted these reflections on Oginsky, following his comment that “If youth work is being closed down, then youth workers aren’t communicating how effective and beneficial youth work is to their local authority.”


I’ll own up, I’m just frustrated I won’t be able to be there! Don’t miss it and be the first to write a report on the shenanigans.

One comment on “Thinking seriously about Youth Work and Policy with Oginsky!?

  1. […] doing a Q&A session about the rationale of current and imminent youth policy. Tony Taylor has already made a few suggestions about what to quiz him on! You can read some more […]

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