There are many reasons "Why Now", the timing is ideal for a new understanding of the role youth work, alongside formal education, parents, families and the wider communities, plays in the personal and social development of young people and equips them with the resources they need to ‘succeed’. Such success we might define as, “finding a place within the community offering security, fulfilment and strong interpersonal relationships”.
Youth work has changed significantly to the historical universal youth work offer of having an "open access youth club", of that we know. In most recent times we have seen not only a huge reduction in youth work services and the youth workforce across the UK, but that youth workers are having to adapt and or enhance their skill sets significantly, working hard to "bridge the gaps" of targeted services.
Specialist youth work works with a whole range of professional practitioners from within the children and young people’s sector, bringing a whole range of expertise and experiences when working with children, young people and families in supporting and developing the creative and innovative potential of young people through informal learning, to aspire to be better, to achieve and gain such employability, for a good safe future.
There is a need to recognise and value informal learning in a creative and innovative way, raising the visibility of skills acquired outside the formal system and fostering complementarity between informal and formal learning, while at the same time promoting equal opportunities.