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Youth & Youth Work in Ireland

A new and comprehensive textbook introducing youth and youth work in the context of contemporary Irish society, focussing on issues and legislation relevant to young people and those involved in youth work.

  • Outlines development during adolescence and considers the young person’s life in a social and family context.

  • Examines the position of young people in terms of education, youth and justice, employment and law.

  • Historical development of youth work is outlined with details of all recent changes in youth work policy and legislation.

  • Explores the role of the youth worker and highlights good practice guidelines, child protection and health and safety as part of working with young people.

  • Contemporary issues such as equality and discrimination, LGBT, social media, health and wellbeing, sexual health, drugs and suicide are addressed.

  • Activities, exercises, case studies and scenarios encourage practical application of knowledge and skills.

  • Includes practical approaches and basic guidelines for completing assignments and research projects.

Written For:

All FETAC Level 5 Youth Work courses.


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Publication Date

January 2013




Paperback, 208 pages

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Gill Education



Section 1: Young People and Society
Adolescence and the Theories of Adolescence
Young People in Families and Family Law
Education and Employment
Youth and Justice
Youth Subculture and Globalisation

Section 2: Understanding Youth Work
The History of Youth Work in Ireland
Youth Work: Legislation and Organisations
Youth Work: Purpose, Principles and Values
The Role of the Youth Worker
Models of Youth Work Practice
Methods and Approaches in Youth Work
Volunteerism and Youth Work

Section 3: Working with Young People
Factors that Shape Young People’s Lives
Processes and Social Learning
Working with Groups
Reflective Practice
Good Practice Guidelines
Peer Education
Health and Safety
Child Protection

Section 4: Youth


245 x 175 mm


By Caroline Coyne and Josephine Donohoe

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Caroline Coyne, BA Hons Early Childhood Education and Care, teaches Youth Work, Childcare and Applied Social Studies at FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 in Sallynoggin College of Further Education.

Josephine Donohoe, BSoc Sc, CQSW, DipASS teaches Youth Work, Childcare and Applied Social Studies at FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 in Sallynoggin College of Further Education.

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