n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Establishing good practice in planning a local youth service : a case study

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



In the past ten years Australia has rapidly restructured its economy, exposing its institutions and businesses to higher levels of global competition than its international competitors. At the same time that the country faces cuts in public funding and services, Australian governments, schools and community organisations are increasingly demanding that service organisations work with one another, institutions and local business to form an effective environment for sustainable regional responses to young people who become disengaged from one another, their families, schools and communities. This paper uses research commissioned by a range of service agencies in a specific region in Melbourne, Australia, to propose that to meet the increasing demand of young people for assistance in what is internationally a strong economy, services need to underpin their work with a practice framework of principles and to plan their work through local collaboration and wider advocacy. It concludes that these current concerns are in keeping with the foundational principles of youth work as a practice in the nineteenth century.

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