Published in Children and Young People Now
A major two-year study has found that street-based youth work can play a vital role in tackling violence among young people.
The study explores the benefits of street-based youth work.
The Touch Project by academics at Newman University College found that the “unpredictable nature of the street environment” allows outreach workers to capitalise on “spontaneous encounters” to constructively confront violent behaviour.
But it warns that such workers need to be “embedded and visible in the community for several years before they become truly effective”, arguing that “funding and evaluation regimes should reflect this”.
Mike Seal, head of youth and community studies at Newman University College, said more funding should be made available to secure permanent, long-term community-based youth work, as opposed to targeted “project-based” initiatives.
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