Working with young people: Roles and responsibilities
Working with young people: Roles and responsibilities

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Working with young people: Roles and responsibilities

1.3 Characters: the Ally and the ‘Emotional worker’

In this section we describe seven ‘characters’ who often appear in work with young people, as well as in other types of informal education:

  1. The Ally

  2. The ‘Emotional worker’

  3. The Catalyst

  4. The Mentor

  5. The Advocate

  6. The Facilitator

  7. The Supervisor.

We will first characterise the role each of them plays, and then identify particular issues relating to each role.


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