What defines a youth worker?

A youth worker is someone paid or unpaid who assists young people to identify and meet their needs and aspirations, and to make a satisfactory transition to adult life. A youth worker is concerned with the total well being of a young person, not just one aspect of the person’s life (e.g. sport), and young people choose to associate themselves with the activities run by the youth worker – there is no element of compulsion. The Trust decided that training was not for:

People employed by central or local government
People who are administrators or co-ordinators
People who are not directly involved in face to face youth work

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