Welcome to Youth Work NSW
Youth Work NSW is the Professional Association for Youth Workers currently being set up in New South Wales. After several years of consultation a Steering Committee made up of a diverse group of Youth Workers was formed in July 2020 to begin the process of developing the Association.
The primary objectives of the Association are:
to support the Youth Work profession in NSW by creating opportunities for Youth Workers to organise and to share their practice;
developing key statements like the Definition and the Code of Ethics;
supporting high quality training and education for youth workers;
and helping the community understand how youth workers in their communities are supporting young people, often without a lot of publicity or recognition.
Youth Work, while sharing similarities with cognate professions, is unique in how it works with young people. The practice of Youth Work is, often under difficult and challenging circumstances, practiced by a diverse group of workers who over the years have all contributed to shape the profession that we are all so proud and passionate about.
While youth work has been around for a long time, it has been slow to organise professionally, partly due to its strong commitment to its alignment with young people rather than powerful institutions.
Youth Work NSW recognises the tensions but also acknowledges that Youth Workers have lacked a "home" and a strong voice when one was required to advocate both for the sector and for young people.
The Association also aims to offer a central space where all Youth Workers can find support and offer support.
Youth Work NSW is now inviting all Youth Workers to join the Association so that all can share and contribute their skills and ideas to furthering the Youth Work profession.