In this unit students develop a theoretical framework of practice, which reflects the key principles of youth participation, to enable young people to have a role, identity and voice in every community. Students learn to identify appropriate theories that assist them to understand the systemic barriers young people face and to develop strategies to assist young people to overcome these barriers. Investigating the various participation models informs practice and enables students to use and apply that knowledge in a range of settings within State, National and International Organisations. Adapting experiential processes to engage young people is also a central component of effective youth participation.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the principles of participation for young people;  
  2. Interpret and analyse the systemic barriers young people face;  
  3. Investigate the principles of youth participation practice embedded within State, National and International organisations; and  
  4. Analyse the models of participation and discuss how they can be applied to expand the participation roles of young people in their community.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Opportunities to participate in your younger years (300 words) 20%
Presentation Compare and contrast 2 models of youth participation 20%
Report Compare and contrast 2 models of youth participation (1000 words) 30%
Test In class quiz 30%
Total effective word limit 3000 words

Required reading

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice 2nd
Sapin, K. (2015)
London: Sage Publications

Other readings as suggested by your Lecturer.

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