As section 3 outlines, education and training for youth workers is both an important part of the context for youth work practice, and also shaped by that context. This section focuses upon how youth worker education and training is developed and, in particular, the influence and role of:

  • national and local government;
  • the youth work sector (e.g. youth workers, representative bodies); and
  • education and training providers. 

This is illustrated by figure 4.

Figure 4. Key influences upon the development of youth work training

This section explores how the influence of each of these groups of stakeholders has waxed and waned and ebbed and flowed over time in each country. It also considers what the relationship should be between policy, training and youth work practice; for example, should policy determine training, while training in turn determines practice or, for example, should youth work practice determine training?