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

1.6.5 E. Worker as institutional reformer

The problem for young people is the way they are excluded and oppressed by the main institutions of society. Few are really listened to at school – and certainly not about how they could be better taught. Many are oppressed by the forces of law and order – and even by local community groups who are threatened by often harmless if boisterous behaviour. The job market wants to slot them into dead-end jobs. The doctors often treat them as appendages of their parents. These institutions need to treat young people with more respect. So, as a worker, I must spend quite a bit of time with these institutions encouraging them to reassess their service in relation to young people and involving young people in any re-design.

(Adapted from an idea by Leigh and Smart, 1985.)

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