Why youth workers need to collectively organise

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Corney, Tim ORCID: 0000-0002-1980-6835, Broadbent, Robyn ORCID: 0000-0001-8131-0227 and Darmanin, Lisa (2009) Why youth workers need to collectively organise. Youth Studies Australia, 28 (3). pp. 41-46. ISSN 1038-2569 (print) 1839-4914 (online)


The collective identity of youth workers and their capacity to industrially organise is being eroded by deskilling, via the introduction of 'semi skilled specialisation' in TAFE training. There are also implications for the quality of service delivery, particularly for those young people most at risk. Recent attempts at professionalising the youth sector have focused on 'codes of ethics' and left pay and conditions issues to community sector unions. The history of nursing provides a case example of the benefits of combining professional aspirations with industrial organisation. If the professional and industrial interests of the community services sector are combined, the collective voice of youth workers will be strengthened and the quality of service provision will be enhanced.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24853
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords ResPubID17637, youth workers, deskilling, community services, collective organisation, wage differential
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