About Youth & Policy

Youth & Policy offers a critical space for the discussion of youth policy and youth work theory and practice.

Our aims are to:

  • highlight and critically debate contemporary issues relevant to young people in society, with particular reference to youth and community work and related professional interventions;
  • provoke dialogue between policy-makers, academics and practitioners; and
  • encourage high-quality contributions to debates around young people’s issues.

As well as producing the journal, we also organise related conferences, undertake research, and publish books and reports. Regular activities include the ‘History of Community and Youth Work’ and the ‘Thinking Seriously’ conferences.

The Youth & Policy editorial group works in partnership with a range of local and national voluntary and statutory organisations who have complementary purposes. These have included UK Youth, YMCA, Muslim Youth Council and Durham University.

All members of the Youth & Policy editorial group are involved in education, professional practice and research in the field of informal education, community work and youth work.

The journal is run on a not-for-profit basis. Editors and Associate Editors all work in a voluntary and unpaid capacity.

Background and history

Youth and Policy: The Journal of Critical Analysis was formed in 1982, to address the need for a serious journal of analysis and review which focused its attention on the whole area of youth policy. In 2010, the journal moved online and became one of the first entirely free open-access academic journals. In 2017, it was decided to cease publishing ‘issues’ and instead publish articles individually, with a focus on shorter articles, yet retaining rigour, quality and a ‘light touch’ peer review process.

Editorial Group

Paula Connaughton, Tania de St Croix, Tony Jeffs, Tina Salter, Naomi Thompson.

Copyright: Youth & Policy

The views expressed in the journal remain those of the authors and not necessarily those of the editorial group. Whilst every effort is made to check factual information, the Editorial Group is not responsible for errors in the material published in the journal.

Acknowledgement: Picture: me and the dust is by Marcia Furman and is reproduced under a Creative Commons cc-by-nc-nd2.0 licence. http://www.flickr.com/people/buttongirl/