Event: Youth Policy: Then and Now

Date: 9th February 2018 | Tags: , , , ,

Conference - 'Youth Policy: Then and Now'
9th – 10th February 2018
Hinsley Hall, Leeds

The Youth and Policy conference ‘Youth Policy: Then and Now’ will take place at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, 9th-10th February 2018.

This event is in place of our biannual ‘History of Youth and Community Work’ conference, and will include presentations on contemporary as well as historical issues.

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here (£190 plus Eventbrite fee)

As with the earlier gatherings, it will include a mix of plenary sessions, workshops and ‘surprise’ events. We hope that this conference will be once again a relaxed gathering of enthusiasts keen to talk to and learn from each other.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

Michael Whelan (Coventry University) – Digital Youth Work

Tony Taylor – The rise and fall of local authority youth work

Rys Farthing (Oxford University) – Inter-generational Poverty

John Goodwin (Leicester University) – The life and work of Pearl Jephcott

Presenting a workshop

At the heart of our conferences are the workshops. The breadth is always impressive covering an enormous range of topics linked to the history of youth work, adult education and community work. As before some of these will focus on the historical development of practice in countries outside the UK. A feature of this conference is that around a third of those attending volunteer to deliver a workshop.

If you are attending the event and would like to present a workshop please email Paula Connaughton (p.connaughton [at] bolton.ac.uk) with a short description of your planned workshop (around 100 words).

Confirmed workshop topics so far include: the youth impact agenda; young Muslims and exclusion since 9/11; and the late politician Tony Benn.


Please note that due to some unforeseen practical difficulties, the conference will no longer include the In Defence of Youth Work annual conference on the Friday as previously advertised. We still have a full programme on the Friday and are delighted that In Defence of Youth Work will have a substantial session in the afternoon to share findings from their ‘Is the Tide Turning?’ initiative exploring the state of the youth work sector and future possibilities since the 2017 General Election.


The Youth & Policy conference is supported by the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (TAG).


Youth & Policy is run voluntarily on a non-profit basis. If you would like to support our work, you can donate below.

Last Updated: 29 October 2017