Careers in the Children and Youth Sector

12 March 2008

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Julian Le Grand. Credit: Alex Deverill

Interview: The grand agitator

Julian Le Grand, professor of social policy, London School of Economics.

Feature - Commissioning: Less money, more care

Working together to provide services for children with complex needs can save time, be economical and encourage innovation. Local authorities in the South West have already saved more than £930,000,...

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Youth service body expands its remit

Connexions chiefs could be represented by the Association of Principal Youth & Community Officers (Apyco) under plans to broaden its membership.

Doug Nicholls, general secretary of the Community and Youth Workers' Union

New youth work standards published

New occupational standards for youth work have been published after fears the old standards didn't appreciate the unique aspects of the job.

Cheshire County Council

Council's reorganisation will hurt services for children and youth

The move by local authority areas to unitary status risks causing disruption and harm to frontline children's services, it has been warned as the government...

Whistleblower TV show 'no surprise'

A senior figure in the early years sector has said a controversial TV programme alleging failures by Ofsted and nurseries to carry out checks on staff working with children was...

School pupils

Schools must embrace social workers

Teachers need to overcome a resistance and resentment towards having social workers in schools in order to help vulnerable children, a study has found.


Latest Movers


Caroline White, interim chief executive, YHA

Caroline White has been made interim chief executive of YHA, a charity that runs youth hostels and promotes education and recreation for young people.

Caroline White

Career Profiles

Rob Watkins

Rob Watkins, specialist reintegration youth worker, Buckinghamshire County Council/Connexions

Some young people don't just drop out of school, they drop out of life. With no self-esteem or confidence, some simply struggle to get up...

Rhonda Douglas

Rhonda Douglas, head of centre, Rusholme Sure Start Centre, Manchester City Council

Despite displaying a keen interest in woodwork and metalwork at school, Rhonda Douglas has always known that she wanted to work with children.

Ranjit Mann

Ranjit Mann, family court adviser, Leicester, Cafcass

Ranjit Mann describes his job as "one of the best jobs in the social care field".

Paul Heaton

Paul Heaton, casework assistant, Rainer

One of the 15 looked-after and former looked-after young people Paul Heaton works with is at university in Birmingham.

Pat Jennings

Pat Jennings, head of youth offending service, Walsall Council

Pat Jenning's job is all about the strategic management of the youth offending service, which means dealing with young people that have offended as well...

Olushola Babatunde

Olushola Babatunde, health visitor, Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust

Olushola Babatunde loves her job most when the advice she gives to parents pays off and a happy, healthy baby bounces into one of her...


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Moving the goalposts

13-14 March 2008, London, Fpa

Young People, Housing and Homelessness

13-14 March 2008, London, Shelter Training

Anger management: working with young people

14 March 2008, Edinburgh, Children in Scotland

Integrating developmental theories with creative expression in counselling relationships with young people, part 2

17 March 2008, London, Youth Access

Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

17 March 2008, Stourbridge, Sunfield Training


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What Its Like to Work For

This is what I do

Bridget Fenton, Partners and parenting co-ordinator, NSPCC

My current role was advertised as an 18-month contract, but...