NOTICE OF THE EIGHTH IDYW NATIONAL CONFERENCE and AGM
FRIDAY, MARCH 17 at THE BIRMINGHAM SETTLEMENT
YOUTH WORK: EDUCATIVE AND/OR PREVENTATIVE?
from 12.45 – 5.00 p.m.
Across at least the last two decades, arguments for the importance of youth work have turned increasingly to its preventative function. This has been especially noticeable in the campaigns across the country to protect and defend youth services. To take but one quote from a young activist involved in the brilliantly organised and ongoing campaign in Brighton, ‘there can be no doubting that the proposed cuts will lead to a marked increase in gang violence, drug abuse, teenage pregnancies, homelessness and suicide attempts among young people in the city.’ To what extent is such a claim a hostage to fortune, playing into the hands of those, who wish to fund only outcomes-led, targeted work as well as being deeply difficult to evidence? Or is it, in truth, the only argument, that will be listened to by both politicians and the community? Indeed, is this the reason we hear very little about defending youth work as, for example, education for active citizenship, even as this is rendered explicit through young people taking direct action on the streets?
We want to explore these questions and more at our eighth national conference, drawing on the experiences of workers and young people struggling to defend our work. We wish to do so in the supportive and reflective atmosphere, that characterises IDYW discussions and is deeply appreciated by participants.
More information to follow, but you will notice that we are going for a later start time to help with travel, whilst making space for a much-needed business meeting at the end of the day. The conference will run from 12.45 – 4.15 with the AGM following up to 5.00 p.m.
We hope very much you will put this date in your diary.