Another instance of lousy timing, given folk are probably looking to leave work behind them for a few weeks at least, but advance notice of our 7th IDYW conference.
Back in April we postponed our national conference as a number of other broad initiatives were on the go, notably by UK Youth, TAG and Choose Youth. We said at the time that we hoped our rearranged conference would keep the debate about the future alive and ongoing. In this spirit we are holding our event on Friday, September 30 in Birmingham. Our provisional title focuses on two intertwined questions, ‘Blurring the Boundaries?’ and ‘Re-Imagining Youth Work? In particular we want to engage with the criticism that IDYW’s insistence on the primacy of the voluntary relationship and the distinctiveness of the youth work setting is in danger of being ‘a destructive force that places unnecessary constraints upon practice’ [Coburn and Gormally, 2016].
We are inviting a mix of national and local contributors, who, we hope, will reflect a diversity of opinion and initiative, together with illustrating the changing economy of youth work. More details to follow.
We hope you will put the date in your diary, knowing that this will be a rare opportunity both to argue the toss and meet up in a supportive, yet questioning atmosphere with committed workers from across the country.