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YOUTH WORK: The problem of values
by Tim Corney

Youth Studies Australia, v. 23, n.4, 2004, pp.11-19.

Recent research undertaken by Tim Corney suggests that there are specific value frameworks and practices that currently underpin the university training and education of youth workers and that this has ramifications for TAFE-level training and the professionalisation of youth workers. "This would appear to suggest that a behaviourist form of CBT would be incompatible with the training of youth workers. As such, this has profound implications for the validity of the community services youth work training packages and their delivery within the TAFE system as a legitimate form of youth work training."

YOUTH WORK: The professionalisation dilemma
by Howard Sercombe

Youth Studies Australia, v. 23, n.4, 2004, pp.20-25.

Youth work today is at a crossroads. Are the factors that make youth work such a unique and effective service the same ones that will be sacrificed if it is professionalised? Or are the problems besetting the occupation 'untouchable' without a professional structure, and are the other benefits of professionalisation too important to defer the process any longer? Howard Sercombe ponders these and other factors in the debate, and explains why he think the professionalisation of youth work is an issue whose time has come. "Professionalisation potentially offers an alternative base for discipline, and a foundation for resistance to various government enterprises which may be oppressive to young people or in violation of their civil rights."

YOUTH WORK: The Loch Ness monster and professionalism
by Judith Bessant

Youth Studies Australia, v. 23, n.4, 2004, pp.26-33.

Like the Loch Ness monster, the subject of youth work professionalism raises its head now and then. Judith Bessant outlines the arguments for and against the development of a youth work professional identity in the hope that this will stimulate debate about the future of youth work in Australia. "The issue of ethics raises a related question about whether an ethical rationale exists for professionalising youth work, and whether such a rationale ought to be the primary reason for professionalisation."

Youth work: Has it reached its use-by date?
by Vaughan Bowie

Youth Studies Australia, v. 23, n.4, 2004, pp.34-38.

Vaughan Bowie examines the changing nature of youth service provision in a climate of increasing economic rationalism. One impact of this development may be that services require different types of youth workers. Bowie examines the implications and challenges for youth work training and education providers in responding to this and other crucial issues facing the field. Thus these growth areas in the provision of services for young people "require a range and type of youth service professional not currently educated and trained in youth work courses".

Youth work: Challenging the soft cop syndrome
by Scott Poynting and Rob White

Youth Studies Australia, v. 23, n.4, 2004, pp.39-46.

What is youth work going to look like in the near future? Much the same as it has in the recent past, according to Scott Poynting and Rob White. Youth workers will still have to confront the challenges of dealing with the ambiguity of the label 'at risk' and also the expectation that they will take on the soft cop role. Using the example of young Lebanese Australians in Western Sydney, the authors suggest that young people are creating identities that don't fit the stereotypes. The challenge for youth workers is, therefore, to step outside their own stereotypes and practice forms of youth work that are relevant to a new generation of young people. The author asks whether or not the politics of social justice and social change will "give way to the contingent values of pragmatism, thus reinforcing the hard cop versus soft cop tension as the only way in which to construct the youth work mission".

Teenage employability: Views of employers
by Erica Smith

Youth Studies Australia, v. 23, n.4, 2004, pp.47-53.

Much of the recent discussion around employability skills in the post-compulsory education sector has been based upon a deficit model of young people. While peak industry bodies propound this view, there has been comparatively little empirical research into the attitudes of individual employers. This paper reports on part of the findings of a research project carried out in 2002 into young people and employability skills. A considerable amount of data was generated that described employers' experiences of, and opinions about, young people as potential employees. The hiring reasons and additional positive attributes relate most closely to the employability skills 'learning skills' and 'technology skills' and to the employability attributes 'enthusiasm', 'personal presentation' and 'loyalty' and 'flexibility'.

The Marrickville Mural: Raising awareness of Hepatitis C prevention
by Suzanne Gleeson, Leigh Cantero, Tanya Jochelson and Chris Rissel

Youth Studies Australia, v. 23, n.4, 2004, pp.54-58.

An aerosol art wall mural displaying HCV prevention messages was developed with and for young people in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Marrickville. Important components of the project included the development of partnerships with multiple agencies and stakeholders, such as two local graffiti artists, and consultation and formative research with local youth services, which included the extensive involvement and participation of young people in the design and creation of the mural. The project has been successful in that the mural is highly visible to the target group, and has been positively received by young people and the general public.


* Youth Monitor

This is an extensive roundup of Australian press reports on youth issues over the past three months.

* Abstracts

The 'Abstracts' column is a selection of recent research papers, from other youth-related scholarly journals in Australia and overseas, abstracted by ACYS for their relevance and interest to Australian readers.

* Youth Initiatives

This issue features ''Ship for World Youth' -- a unique international cultural exchange program organised by the Government of Japan and supported by the Youth Bureau in the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA).

* YSA Index Update

This update covers all YSA articles from v.23, n.1 to v.23, n.4.

* Youth Affairs Peak Organisations

This is a handy page of contact details for all government and
non-government peak youth offices (p.64).