This unit introduces students to the theoretical and practical frameworks used to effectively understand the role of practitioners working with young people in supporting and referring young people with social, health and wellbeing issues. The unit aims to ensure good practice in relation to youth workers acting as referral points and working collaboratively with specialist practitioners. Youth workers work from a strengths-based framework of practice and as such, students consider various strategies to use while working with young people who present with various forms of wellbeing issues including, bullying, challenging behaviours and other causal circumstances such as homelessness. This is primarily a practice unit to enable students to understand the parameters of their professional ethical practice, identify strengths-based practice, and learn how to utilise complementary practitioners to ensure the holistic health and wellbeing of young people.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a developing understanding of social, health and wellbeing issues that affect young people;  
  2. Appraise the theoretical underpinnings of strengths-based practice with young people;  
  3. Explain the practical and theoretical interventions and practice frameworks needed to work with young people with a range of social, health and wellbeing issues and in ways that respect and value diversity; and  
  4. Articulate the need for self-care while working with young people.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Complete a needs assessment review for a highly vulnerable young person with complex needs. (600 words) 20%
Case Study Identify theoretical principles for working with young people using a strengths based approach. (1500 words) 50%
Case Study Write a conclusion and follow-up protocol for your case study. (900 words) 30%

Required reading

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice.
Sapin, K (2013),
London: Sage Publications.

Readings as specified by the lecturer.

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