Toggle navigation

Youth work and social diversity

Youth work and social diversity cover
ACYS Publishing
Rob White
Publication Date
Dec 2010
AUD $69.95
Order form

This book, the last in a 3-book series, acknowledges from a youth worker perspective, the diversity of Australian society in terms of culture, linguistics and a variety of social norms and ways of being. It covers the areas of youth work with Indigenous communities, young women, young men and refugees; and youth work in rural locations, integrated services and projects, hospitals, schools and residential care.

Volume three, Youth work and social diversity, looks at:
  • working with Indigenous communities, including youth work in remote communities, the adoption of Nyungar cultural forms by youth workers, 'at-risk' Indigenous youth
  • working with young women, including issues of sexual abuse and violence
  • working with young men, including self-help support groups, young men and grief
  • working with culturally diverse communities, including drug education strategies, building capacity, young refugees and sport
  • hospitals, including motivating adolescents, youth arts programs
  • schools, including school-focused youth service; access, retention and participation
  • residential care, including blood-borne viruses
  • rural locations, including local services, mental health services, multimedia
  • integrated services and projects, including holistic and collaborative practice, best practice in youth work.


Working with specific young people and specific locations

Working with Indigenous Communities

1. The place of youth work in a remote Aboriginal community
Craig Milburn

2. ‘Getting shown a thing or two’: The adoption of Nyungar cultural forms by youth workers
David Palmer

3. Working with Indigenous young people: An introduction for youth workers
Amanda Watkinson and Judith Bessant

4. Youth work, Aboriginal young people and ambivalence
David Palmer

5. A program for ‘at risk’ Indigenous youth
Glenn Dawes and Christine Dawes

6. ‘Kura, yeye, boorda, Nyungar wangkiny gnulla koorlangka’: A conversation about working with Indigenous young people in the past, present and future
Len Collard and David Palmer

Working with young women

7. The dinkum oil: Information needs and life concerns of Australian adolescent girls
Susan Edwards and Barbara Poston-Anderson

8. Mad, bad or angry? Gender, sexual abuse and the pathologising of young women’s behaviour
Margaret Baines

9. Care and connection: Responding to young mothers’ experiences of violence
Karen Healy

10. Improving outcomes for teenage pregnancy and early parenthood for young people in out-of-home care: A review of the literature
Philip Mendes

Working with young men

11. Self-help support groups: Adding to the toolbox of mental health care options for young men
Ann Dadich

12. Happy to talk ... to a point: Bereaved young men and emotional disclosure
Andrew McNess

13. Meeting the needs of marginalised young men: An analysis of service provision
Mindy Sotiri

Working with culturally diverse communities

14. Investing in community: Building capacity in culturally diverse communities to enhance resilience in young people and their families
Bala Mudaly

15. An agenda for change: Developing good practice principles in working with young refugees
Jen Couch

16. Youth work: A deconstructive approach for those who work with young refugees
Peter Westoby and Ann Ingamells

17. Culturally appropriate mentoring for Horn of African young people in Australia
Megan Griffiths, Pooja Sawrikar and Kristy Muir

18. Playing for the future: The role of sport and recreation in supporting refugee young people to ‘settle well’ in Australia
Louise Olliff


19. ‘It’s too clean in here!’ Motivating adolescents in Hospital
Julia White and Kathy Walker

20. Work of art: Occupational analysis of a children’s hospital youth arts program
Sally Denshire


21. School-focused youth service: Building coalitions amidst social and economic change
Bala Mudaly

22. Youth work in schools: Should youth workers also be teachers?
Tim Corney

23. Access, retention and participation – a model of best practice
Rod Mapstone

24. Promise or practice? Student participation in low socioeconomic communities
Roslyn Black

Residential care

25. Developing a course for young offenders
Mark Collis and Michael Griffin

26. Surviving risk: Juvenile justice workers’ perspectives on managing blood borne viruses and other health risks
Mary O’Brien and Zoe Greenwood

27. The bleedin’ obvious: Long-term support reconnects at-risk young people
Alistair Lemmon

Rural locations

28. Planning local services for rural young people
Bruce McKenzie

29. Rural youth and multimedia: An interagency approach
Susan Brumby, Royby Eversole, Kaye Scholfield and Leanne Watt

30. Anxiety and depression in young people: A collaborative rural and remote service model
Warren Bartik, Nick Kowalenko, Kathy Whitefield and Ann Wignall

31. Going bush: Youth work in rural settings
Howard Sercombe

32. The perspectives of youth workers in rural Victoria
Paula Geldens and Lisa Bourke

33. What does wellbeing mean? Perspectives of wellbeing among young people and youth workers in rural Victoria
Lisa Bourke and Paula Geldens

34. Harnessing the power of perception: Reducing alcohol-related harm among rural teenagers
Clarissa Hughes, Roberta Julian, Matthew Richman, Ron Mason and Gillian Long

Integrated services and projects

35. Youth work that is of value: Towards a model of best practice
Judy Bruce, Kim Boyce, Jono Campbell, John Harrington, Duane Major and Ange Williams

36. Gatekeeper training for youth workers: Impact on their help-seeking and referral skills
Tania Cartmill, Frank Deane and Coralie Wilson

37. Complex solutions for complex needs: Towards holistic and collaborative practice
Sally Beadle

38. The glue that holds our work together: The role and nature of relationships in youth work
Helen Rodd and Heather Stewart

Now we have an accessible compilation of our combined work to share with each other and, perhaps even more importantly, with those who will work with young people in the future.
Dr Robyn Broadbent, Coordinator, Youth Work, Victoria University
About the editor

Rob White is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminology Research Unit at the University of Tasmania's School of Sociology and Social Work. Professor White is an internationally respected scholar in the fields of youth studies, sociology and criminology, and environmental and ecological justice. Among his books are: Youth & society; Youth subcultures; No space of their own; Juvenile justice; Crime & criminology; Crime & social control; Crime & society; Controversies in environmental sociology; Crime prevention; and Crimes against nature. He has extensive practical experience in working with youth and community workers, police services, teachers, drug and alcohol workers, government policymakers and academic researchers.