An evaluation of ‘Street work’ as a model of detached youth work in community based probation practice: challenges & opportunities
Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork
This study explores the perceptions of Southill Outreach staff members, Board of Management and young people of ‘street work’. Internationally, this model of detached youth work is not a new means of meeting youth on the street, but is relatively new to Ireland. This study presents findings from relevant national and international literature, from five interviews with Southill Outreach clients and, from a focus group comprising of staff members and the Board of Management. A thematic analysis identified themes of importance regarding the functions and effectiveness of ‘street work’ in the south side of Limerick City. The findings suggest that ‘street work’ is an effective way of working with not only, detached youth and Probation Service referrals, but also their families and the wider community. The findings illustrate that ‘street work’ needs to be developed to include volunteers and/or other agencies to expand the service. Identifiable outcomes for appropriate recognition and funding also need to be developed.
Street work , Detached youth work , Community based probation practice , Southill
McInerney, K. (2012) An evaluation of ‘Street work’ as a model of detached youth work in community based probation practice: challenges & opportunities. Cork: Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork.
© 2012, Karen McInerney.