‘Work with Young Men in Northern Ireland – An Advocacy Approach'

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Despite various attempts to articulate youth work with young men (e.g. Tett, 1996/7; Lloyd, 1997; YouthAction Northern Ireland, 1996, 1997; Harland, 2001), there still appears to be considerable confusion as to the focus of the work and how it should be delivered. What also appears to be missing is a clear theoretical understanding of the work and a context in which the work has evolved. Drawing upon evidence from empirical research carried out by Harland (1997; 2000; 2001) with young men in inner city Belfast; YouthAction Northern Ireland’s developing practice with young men that has evolved since 1995, and learning from developmental work with young women, this article presents an ‘Advocacy’ model approach to youth work with young men. The model is underpinned by an appreciation of the issues that impinge on young men’s lives and the importance of appropriate learning methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-85
JournalYouth & Policy
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 14 Oct 2003

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