Youth work: the professionalism dilemma

H. Sercombe, Rob White (Editor)

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This chapter discusses the professionalism behind youth work. Youth work is at the same time very old practice and a very new one. While its beginnings stretch back to the child-saver movements of the last century (Ewen 1983), youth work in Australia has really only moved beyond a volunteer movement with a principal interest in young people’s moral (and sometimes physical) hygiene in the last twenty five years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConcepts and methods of youth work
Place of PublicationHobart, Tasmania
Number of pages496
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

Publication series

NameDoing youth work in Australia
PublisherAustralian clearinghouse for youth studies


  • youth studies
  • youth issues
  • youth work
  • professionalism


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