contributions from workers and managers, where appropriate using the attached prompts sheets.
At regional meetings and via regional steering groups, making direct approaches for contributions from workers and managers, and via them from young people.
To get more ‘longitudinal’ evidence, suggesting to workers and managers that through social networking sites they seek contact with young people they have worked with in the past to get retrospective ‘stories’ of youth work’s impact.
Over the next year, asking the Training Agencies Group to run a workshop to encourage course tutors to support contributions from MA and other students.
Asking researchers to offer relevant examples from their past research.
Contributors are encouraged to get their stories on paper in whatever form allows them to get started - ie in note or ‘bullet’ form as well as fuller narratives.
3. Getting the stories ready for dissemination Young people’s stories
Where appropriate these would be edited – for example to:
ensure the material is accessible to a range of audiences;
clarify the impact of the youth work practice on young people and the dilemmas and struggles involved in the practice;
make the impact on youth work practice of current policies and styles of management as explicit as possible;
ensure anonymity and confidentiality – for young people, workers, managers, organisations – while still giving writers credit where they would find this helpful.
Getting the stories out
The provisional aim is to have a first collection of ‘stories’ ready for dissemination by (at the latest) the autumn of 2010 - in time for a recall national conference and a revived Youth Work Week. However, depending on what is sent in and how quickly, individual ‘stories’ could be disseminated once they have been agreed – for example:
if there are issues of confidentiality and/or anonymity, to Bernard Davies directly (email@example.com) or via email to Tony Taylor
Each contribution will be looked at by at least two members of the virtual ‘Stories’ group - to check them against the criteria outlined in 4. above and suggest changes where necessary to prepare it for dissemination.
Contributions will then be returned to BD for any final editing etc and sent to the author for checking and approval - particularly for:
- whether/how to credit the writer;
- where it can be published (on website, in print etc);
- other possible future or repeated uses.
As appropriate, the ‘Stories’ group will consider for example:
whether and where to put out an individual story;
how to group stories into a collection;
the timing and best way(s) of disseminating this material.
IN DEFENCE OF YOUTH WORK YOUTH WORK’S IMPACT Prompts for workers and managers for writing up stories– in all their complexity [NB: not all the prompts will be relevant to every story]
Guideline number of words, to be applied flexibly: 500 – 1500,
In the context of a ‘Defence of Youth Work’ campaign, what was/is specially important for you about this ‘story’?
Who were the main actors, what were the key relationships in the story – including the significant positives and negatives of where these started from? Were members of the local community involved?
What were the story’s main events, stages, interactions etc? When did they happen, over what time frame?
What were the values underpinning this piece of work; its aims; its assumptions about how it should be done, etc?