increased demotivation and dissatisfaction for some youth workers because of the target culture
Detached workers often emerged as particularly dissatisfied. For them, their work was concerned principally with ‘organically developing relationships’ with young people. Increasingly, however, numbers seemed to be all as they were expected – perhaps with a personal target – to make contact with a minimum number of (sometimes named) young people. Part-time workers, too, could seem seriously demotivated by the target culture, claiming that at their level its dilemmas were felt most acutely. They talked of pressure to get the numbers through and of crude counting and measuring by managers interested only in outcomes often unconnected with their practice – or young people’s everyday realities.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
"Modest Inquiry" evaluation of youth work
The Inquiry sought to clarify how youth work was currently being conceptualised by youth work managers, field practitioners and young people; how current policies were supporting or impeding its implementation and management; and how these developments were affecting youth workers’ professional identity. The Inquiry set out to sample the experiences and views of staff and young people in 12 youth services judged by Ofsted in recent reviews as providing ‘good’ or ‘very good’ youth work.
PraktikerInnen/ JugendarbeiterInnen/ MentorInnen
Evaluierung der Aktivität
The Inquiry set out to sample the experiences and views of staff and young people in 12 youth services judged by Ofsted in recent reviews as providing ‘good’ or ‘very good’ youth work – that is, services which could be said to be starting from strengths in responding to the current policy priorities. A full day was spent in each authority meeting senior managers, front-line staff and young people, to gain as balanced a picture as possible, including contradictions and tensions as well as emerging common themes. The findings were reported in May 2009.
autumn 2008 - earyl 2009