Home > Jobs > Being a Neighbourhood Youth Worker

Being a Neighbourhood Youth Worker

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 17 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Neighbourhood Youth Worker Social

A Neighbourhood Youth Worker is an individual who will usually carry out volunteer work within their area to help those children who are in the process of changing from primary to secondary school or to provide assistance to those children – or teenagers – who are in need of moral guidance from a source other than their parents.

Many Neighbourhood Youth Workers (NYWs) will be responsible for liaising with the local community groups, schools and colleges and also with local law enforcement. The relationship between Neighbourhood Youth Workers and the police is a very important one especially in areas where crime and disorderly behaviour are statistically high.

A Neighbourhood Youth Worker is seen as the first point of contact between the law enforcement community and the teenage community – acting as a mediator in situations where perhaps tensions are running high. They also spend a great deal of their time dealing with the day to day running of youth clubs and community groups which are designed to promote positive interaction between younger children and teenagers and also between teenagers and adults.

In some areas Neighbourhood Youth Workers work in conjunction with Local Education Authorities (LEAs) in an attempt to reduce truancy. They may well be called upon to represent underprivileged or socially disadvantaged children when it comes to dealing with the authorities.

Youth workers also work with teenage mothers. Issues of housing and childcare are a priority concern for young and single mothers so a Neighbourhood Youth Worker may well be called upon to act as a representative.

Why Become a Neighbourhood Youth Worker?

The role of Neighbourhood Youth Worker is normally voluntary sometimes local education authorities and councils combine to employ such an individual on a paid basis.

As well as acting for children and parents in situations where poverty and crime are key factors, Neighbourhood Youth Workers are also an invaluable source of help and advice for teenagers who find themselves perhaps involved in the ever growing trend of gang culture. These individuals – who give freely of their time – do so with the hope that their efforts may help someone find their way out of a potential life threatening situation as is often the case with gang mentality.

It is important to stress that although Neighbourhood Youth Workers are often compared to Social Workers they are not. Where a social worker is required by law to work within a very specific set of guidelines, a Neighbourhood Youth Worker can act in the best interest of all concerned parties on a great many levels.

Neighbourhood Youth Workers now work in conjunction with local church and community groups to provide the local children and teenagers with a stepping stone that bridges the gap between an individual’s teenage years and adulthood.

Many Neighbourhood Youth Workers provide help and support for those late teens looking for work and can help them with the preparation of CVs and job applications in a friendly and conducive environment. The best qualifications that a Neighbourhood Youth Worker can have are an understanding of their surrounding area and the people living there and also the ability to listen and be constructive.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
I would like to know how to become a youth worker please. I live in Northampton. I'd like to organise a youth club where I live. The problem is I don't know how to do this. Any advice would be good please. Thank you Naomi
naomi - 17-Nov-17 @ 4:08 PM
Hi, i am looking at going into youth work as i have just finished university. I am looking for some advice of where and what to do? i am looking for a youth worker job in the cornwall area more Truro way as i would like to eventually become a probation officer. Many thanks
emma - 28-Jul-16 @ 9:15 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Rochelle D
    Re: Voluntary Work in Schools
    Hello, I'm Rochelle, I have a Level 3 extended diploma in health and social care. I done a lot of work experience in nurseries. I want…
    18 November 2019
  • Rinku
    Re: Start a Creche from Home?
    I want to start my own Creche from home. Pls advice want will b the next step.
    11 November 2019
  • Arty vlub
    Re: Working with Children Through Cross Community Groups
    Hi. We are currently in the process of setting up regular art workshop aimed for children aged 5 to…
    6 November 2019
  • Tiny
    Re: Children Act 2004
    Also forgot to mention that the social worker has not seen me, spoke to me or carried out an assessment.. Should that not if been done at the…
    6 November 2019
  • Tiny
    Re: Children Act 2004
    Can anyone please explain how social worker can go to my now ex house an tell her if she doesn't end it then she wont keep her kids an if…
    6 November 2019
  • Zami
    Re: Classroom Assistant
    Hi, I am interested in being a teaching assistant in a primary school. I have childcare level 3 certificate and I am working as a nursery…
    2 November 2019
  • Raffaella Cognigni
    Re: Voluntary Work in Schools
    Good morning, my name is Raffaella.My future ambition is to become a teacher assistant, and I'm looking for a volunteer opportunity to…
    1 November 2019
  • Smriti
    Re: Voluntary Work in Schools
    Hi , I plan to pursue PGCE next year . I have 8 years of teaching experience in India . I want to gain voluntary experience at a local…
    31 October 2019
  • A highly
    Re: Voluntary Work in Schools
    Dear Madam,Sir. Teacher A highly successful and experienced Arabic Language Teacher Fluent in English French and German seeks a…
    30 October 2019
  • Jens
    Re: DBS Checks
    Can anyone explain please, my x husband was found guity of assault 2 years ago, against a former partner. He lost his crb so couldn't drive children to…
    24 October 2019