Lady Albemarle’s youth workers: contested professional identities in English youth work 1958-1985
Clements, C (2019). Lady Albemarle’s youth workers: contested professional identities in English youth work 1958-1985. History of Education.
This article examines tensions and developments in youth work following the Albemarle Report in 1960 which sought to revive the flagging youth service. It uses oral history interviews with former youth workers and club members in London and Liverpool, archival research looking at the documents of voluntary youth clubs and associations in London and Liverpool, and national policy documents to uncover ideas about the professional youth worker between 1958 and 1985. It examines three main areas of tension: between older and newer methods in youth work, between volunteers and those with a sense of themselves as professional workers, and the conflict between those in voluntary youth association management, allied professions (e.g. teaching and social work) and the youth worker. Ultimately it shows youth work was professionalising at this time but that its status remained unclear. This article aids our understanding of professionalisation, informal education, and youth in post-war Britain.
|Keywords||Professionalisation; youth work; youth club; Twentieth Century Britain; Voluntary Organisations; Youth Worker; volunteer; informal education|
|Journal||History of Education|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/0046760X.2019.1588395|
|29 Apr 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||01 Mar 2019|
|Accepted||25 Feb 2019|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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