Practice Under Pressure: From Youth Work to ‘Positive Activities’

  • Bernard DaviesEmail author


New Labour’s view of youth work and its redefinition as ‘positive activities’ rather than informal education. Within the notion of ‘positive activities’, the relationship of task and process as the latter is understood and used within open access youth work. The aims and development of the MyPlace youth building programme and of the government’s efforts to prompt more youth work facilities to open at weekends. The relationship of these initiatives to the ‘positive activities’ agenda. Key New Labour legacies for youth work and the local authority Youth Service.

Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WarkwickshireUK

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