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Youth Worker Practice Network

About the Youth Worker Practice Network

The Youth Worker Practice Network (YWPN) is a Community of Practice for youth workers in the ACT. The YWPN is coordinated by the Youth Coalition of the ACT, and advised by a group of experienced youth work practitioners from a range of community organisations and youth programs.

All youth workers in the ACT & surrounding region are invited to apply for membership to the Youth Worker Practice Network.
‘Youth Worker’, for the purpose of membership in the YWPN, is defined as:

  • A worker currently employed in a role where their job title or position description includes ‘youth worker’, or
  • A worker currently employed in a role where they work with young people (aged 12-25), and utilise youth work skills.

Aims of the Youth Worker Practice Network

The Youth Worker Practice Network will:

  • Bring together new and experienced youth practitioners from a range of programs and organisations working with young people in the ACT;
  • Enable workers to share their knowledge and insight into current and / or common issues faced by young people in the ACT;
  • Provide an opportunity for workers to identify gaps in their own individual learning, or in practice knowledge in the sector, and for these gaps to be addressed;
  • Provide an avenue for experienced workers to pass on the skills and knowledge gained from working in the youth sector over a period of time; and,
  • Develop the practice of frontline workers, as they raise questions and discuss the issues they face in both their individual practice, and in the programs in which they work.

Further information about the YWPN is available using the following links:

Information for Youth Workers
Information for Organisations

How to join the Youth Worker Practice Network

Youth Workers are invited to apply for membership in the YWPN by completing the online application form.
There is a $10 administration fee to join the network, which will be invoiced after your membership application has been accepted.   

Future Events for the Youth Worker Practice Network

Please note that the YWPN member sessions are held on the third Thursday of each month, except during school holidays. 
Future session for 2018 are:
Thurs 16 August: Core Values of Youth Work - Ecology
Thurs 20 September: Topic TBC
Thurs 18 October: Topic TBC
Thurs 22 November: Topic TBC

Notes and information from previous sessions (where available) can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Introduction to Self Care
Working within the Legal System
Ethical Dilemmas in Youth Work Powerpoint (powerpoint)
Supporting Young People from a Refugee Background
Harm Minimisation
Core Values of Youth Work 1 : Youth Engagement
Core Values of Youth Work 2 : Youth Engagement (Case Studies)
Mental Health: Self Harm
Core Values of Youth Work : Self Care for Youth Workers

Other sessions have included:
Youth Participation
Working with the Police
Supporting Young People Bereaved by Suicide
Reflections on the Youth Worker Practice Network
The Great Debate: The future of Youth Work in the ACT

Further information about the YWPN events will be sent to members via email.

If you would like more information about the Youth Worker Practice Network, please contact the Youth Coalition of the ACT on 02 6247 3540 or info@youthcoalition.net