Detached & Outreach Youth Work

Detached Youth work

Detached youth work creates a unique environment for non-formal and social education to take place within the community. From building confidence, self-awareness and teamwork to developing life and employability skills, detached work encourages young people to get their voices heard about the issues that matter to them locally, nationally and globally.

Invest in detached and outreach training for your team. With four courses to choose from and the option to mix and match programmes to respond to local needs, there is something to learn for both experienced workers and those new to detached. 
Please contact Vanessa to request a programme or more information.

Option 1: Detached Youth Work for Beginners

This is a practical workshop for anyone new to detached work. Exploring the different development stages from assessing young peoples’ need, making contact and participation through to evaluating effectiveness and planning exit strategies, this training provides a sound understanding of the ethos and practice of detached youth work.
The workshop also offers good practice guidelines for effective detached projects, including staying safe on the streets, maintaining boundaries and confidentiality in public spaces and partnership work.

Learning outcomes 

Participants will:

  • Consider what ‘detached youth work’ is and how it differs from other youth work
  • Understand the role of the detached worker, including staying safe and boundaries
  • Consider ways to engage with young people and assess need
  • Explore the process of mapping, setting targets and measuring learning outcomes
  • Discussed evaluation and moving on successfully

 Please not e: an adapted version is available to train young people in detached work too, which can add real value to a youth consultation or peer education project. Suitable for 14 19 year olds (up to 25 with additional needs) this is another way for young people to volunteer and get involved, potentially linked to work experience or accreditation. 

Option 2: Effective Detached & Outreach Youth Work

This course can be delivered as a one day workshop or a more in depth two or three day programme where the theory that underpins high quality detached / outreach work can be learnt alongside practical ‘how to’ activities. The main differences between the workshop and longer courses are a deeper focus on assessing need, measuring impact and evidencing outcomes. Commissioners can discuss needs in advance and then pick the most useful elements from a range of workshops before a tailor-made programme is agreed.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:
  • Explore the differences between detached, outreach and mobile youth work
  • Learn about effective detached and outreach work using a ‘7 Stage’ approach
  • Consider barriers to participation and ways to overcome them
  • Explore risk and protective factors and consider ways that youth work can help build resilience in young people
  • Learn more about detached / outreach workers and the law
  • Explore challenging behaviour and techniques for managing it on the street

Option 3: Practical Detached Youth Work

This interactive workshop aims to support both new and experienced youth workers with tried and tested ideas to engage young people in positive activities out on the streets. Starting with initial engagement and relationship building through to ideas for community development, issue based work and youth consultation, this workshop can be adapted to focus on specific topics.

Learning outcomes 

Participants will: 
  • Explore effective ways to engage young people in street projects through positive activities
  • Offer ideas to stimulate discussion amongst young people and develop creative youth work
  • Try out a range of activities to use on the streets
  • Provide a mini resource pack filled with quick, cheap and easy-to-use ideas

Option 4: Targeted Detached Youth Work

Youth services are increasingly developing detached projects to target young people at risk and those involved in anti-social behaviour and engage them in positive activities. This workshop starts by exploring why some young people are considered more vulnerable than others, the impact of peers, family and community on choices made and how youth work can help to build resilience. This is an opportunity for practitioners to explore risk and protective factors, discuss effective ways to engage young people, consider the challenges for safe working and share good practice. 

Learning outcomes

Participants will: 
  • Consider how current legislation affects young people and the role of the media in perpetuating negative stereotypes
  • Explore personal, community and societal risk and protective factors and the issues for targeted work
  • Discuss detached youth workers and the law and how to stay safe on the streets
  • Engage in planning for effective detached youth work

101 Things to do on the Street remains ‘the’ handbook for detached and outreach youth workers. Specifically written for street-based projects, it really does have 101 different activities, games and discussion ideas to motivate and engage young people, wherever you are meeting them.

1 Mon - Thursday, usual T&C apply