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Youth work: the professionalism dilemma

Sercombe, H. (2009) Youth work: the professionalism dilemma. In: Concepts and methods of youth work. Doing youth work in Australia, 1 . Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Hobart, Tasmania. ISBN 978 1 875236 61 9

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This chapter discusses the professionalism behind youth work. Youth work is at the same time very old practice and a very new one. While its beginnings stretch back to the child-saver movements of the last century (Ewen 1983), youth work in Australia has really only moved beyond a volunteer movement with a principal interest in young people’s moral (and sometimes physical) hygiene in the last twenty five years.