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Webinar: An Introduction to Youthwork

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Youth work is complex series of professional principles, practices and methods which we often describe as the science of enabling young people to believe in themselves and build positive futures.

This workshop explores the values and ethics of youth work and explains why it is different to other work with young people. It provides practical tips, activities & information to engage effectively with young people outside of formal education to build relationships based on mutual trust, deliver evidence based programmes and achieve realistic goals.


Ideal for people working within a school, youth club or youth project to support 11-19 year olds (up to 24 with additional needs), this course is suitable for volunteers, part time and full time staff.



Learning Outcomes

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about the ethos of youth work
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a youth worker
  • Identify transferable skills and qualities for inclusive youth work
  • Consider ways to engage and build trusting relationships with young people
  • Discuss participation and co-production in youth work.

This training can be linked to your continued professional development CPD and is a great way to network with other professionals


The session combines various teaching methods, including:

  • Discussion
  • Presentation.
  • An experiential exercise.
  • Small group and pair work.
  • Whole group discussion.


Practitioners working with young people in groups or 1-1 settings, e.g. school staff, youth workers, residential care workers:

• Class teacher
• Learning Mentor
• Pastoral Lead
• Teaching Assistant
• Family support Worker
• Headteacher
• Assistant Head
• Social Worker
• Nurse
• Support Worker
• Youth Worker
• Parents & Carers


Vanessa Rogers is a nationally acclaimed youth work trainer and author with experience of managing a wide range of services for young people (11-25), including early intervention, youth offending and targeted services. She is best known for creating practice-based educational resources for youth workers and teachers, published worldwide by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. These provide creative ways to engage young people in learning about traditionally emotive topics including relationships and sex (RSE), pornography and peer domestic abuse to develop the life skills to make healthy, positive choices.

She continues to work with young people across the UK on a commissioned basis, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and sits on the council for the Institute for Youth Work (IYW).

Our training courses are designed to build your understanding of key issues & give you the confidence to make a difference in young people’s lives.