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Youth and Policy Conference

15 March 12

Thursday March 15th 2012, YMCA George Williams College, Canning, Town London

Youth and Policy’s fourth ‘thinking seriously’ conference, supported by YMCA George Williams College, will explore the implications of Coalition youth policy for the youth work field. The conference aims to bring together political, academic, managerial and practice perspectives for open dialogue about policy affecting young people and youth work.

Over recent months, many events have taken place with subsequent policy implications for youth work organisation and practice. Following the implementation of Coalition spending cuts, the Select Committee on Services for Young People, and the riots of summer 2011, a conference to reflect on these events and their policy consequences in early 2012 is timely and useful. We hope that the conference will present a challenge to practitioners, managers and academics to consider the new landscape, and how policy and practice might be better shaped in the light of evidence and experience.

We are delighted that Paul Oginsky has agreed to attend the day and will be subject to a Q&A session about the rationale of current and imminent youth policy – so bring your questions for him!

Other highlights include a reflection on the Select Committee by Ian Maerns (MP), a youth work panel session to be led by Bernard Davies, and workshops on the NCS, teenage pregnancy, the PREVENT agenda, and the role of faith-based and voluntary organisations in the Big Society.

Please contact conferences@youthandpolicy.org for more information and/or a booking form.

Naomi Stanton, one of the lecturers at YMCA George Williams College and organisers of this conference, is completing a PhD funded by Religion and Society and supervised by Professor John Wolffe at the Open University. Click here to listen to her talk about the research.

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