The In Defence of Youth Work Principles

The aim of Creative Margins is to focus a dialogue between youth work and arts practice and practitioners. Janet Batsleer shares six principles for youth work practice, as developed with the In Defence of Youth Work network:

  1. the primacy of the voluntary relationship, from which the young person can withdraw without compulsion or sanction;
  2. a commitment to a critical dialogue, to the creation of informal educational opportunities starting from young people’s agendas;
  3. the need to work with and encourage the growth of young people’s own autonomous networks, recognising the significance of class, gender, race, sexuality, disability and faith in shaping their choices and opportunities;
  4. the importance of valuing and attending to their here-and-now as well as to their ‘transitions’;
  5. the nurturing of a self-conscious democratic practice, tipping balances of power in young people’s favour:
  6. the significance of the worker themselves, their room for autonomy, their ability to fashion an improvised, yet rehearsed practice.

For more information on these principles and the network follow the link 

Javaad Alipoor on working class representation in the arts

Javaad Alipoor will be talking at our Creative Margin’s event in Bradford, on Tuesday 26th June.

You can read Javaad’s Guardian article ‘The arts world sees working-class people as a problem to be solved

‘We need to fundamentally change the makeup of who is creating and watching work’

Javaad Alipoor is a writer, theatre maker and director.  As well as running a theatre company, he is Resident Associate Director at The Crucible (Sheffield Theatres Trust) and an Associate Director of Theatre in the Mill.  He makes work at different scales, building cross-platform digital and hard end community work into everything he does. For more information visit his personal site.