Youth & Policy is taking a deep breath and Jean Spence is bidding farewell

Thanks to Marcia Furman

We’ve received the following note from the Editorial Group of Youth & Policy, the pioneering and long-standing academic journal.

Dear All,
Please note that Youth and Policy journal is not currently accepting submissions of new articles whilst we take some time to review our purpose and model. We will publish issue 116 in the current format and will decide on and adopt a new model from the Autumn this year.
Thanks for all your support,
Youth and Policy editorial group.

It’s worth remembering the following:

Youth & Policy Journal was founded in 1982 to offer a critical space for the discussion of youth policy and youth work theory and practice.

The editorial group have subsequently expanded activities to include the organisation of related conferences, research and book publication. Regular activities include the biannual ‘History of Community and Youth Work’ and the ‘Thinking Seriously’ conferences.

The Youth & Policy editorial group works in partnership with a range of local and national voluntary and statutory organisations who have complementary purposes. These have included UK Youth, YMCA, Muslim Youth Council and Durham University.

All members of the Youth & Policy editorial group are involved in education, professional practice and research in the field of informal education, community work and youth work.

The journal is run on a not-for-profit basis. Editors and Associate Editors all work in a voluntary and unpaid capacity.

Jean Spence
Jean at her farewell with Tom Wylie looking on

The incredible passion and devotion that has kept the journal alive for 35 years is exemplified in the person of Jean Spence, who is retiring from the editorial group. Across this period Jean has selflessly edited an endless supply of scripts, coaxing and cajoling their writers into improvements they’d never even thought of. Throughout her career she has challenged youth work’s tendency to be anti-theoretical and anti-intellectual with her own feet always planted firmly and emotionally in an affective practice. This commitment is captured in this eloquent piece from 2008 published in Youth Studies Ireland, What Do Youth Workers Do? Try to find time to read it. It retains all its relevance. Thanks Jean for your inspiration and bloody hard graft across the decades.


  1. Well done Jean and everyone involved. Many magic moments on the pages. Always part of the values that held us together.

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