Forever Young? Youth Work Then and Now


  • Mel Aitken
  • Mae Shaw


This is a special issue of Concept which considers the changed and changing landscape of youth work in the UK.  It includes contributions which take a backward look in order to locate present day developments, articles which reflect on contemporary themes, issues and practices, and interviews with current youth workers who are striving to manage the contradictions of politics and policy for young people, on the ground. 

Editors: Mel Aitken & Mae Shaw

Youth Work: A 2020 Vision- Editorial Introduction: Ian Fyfe

'Open' Youth Work in 2019: A backward look: Bernard Davies

Youth Work: Converging and diverging responses in Scotland: Annette Coburn and Sinead Gormally 

The decline of the Local Authority Youth Service in England: Reflections of an actor in its demise: Tony Taylor

'That was another moment where people were like wow! These young people have really done something!': Christina McMellon

Relocating place in the life of neo-liberal youth: Alan Mackie

On the Ground!: Sabrina Tickle, Karen Anderson & Gemma Burns

Cover image: Special thanks to Caitlyn McFarlane.  Her art can be followed on Instagram under the name c8s_art. 




How to Cite

Aitken, M. and Shaw, M. (2019) “Forever Young? Youth Work Then and Now”, Concept, 10(3). Available at: (Accessed: 21 July 2024).