The Role of Youth Work

Assignment 2
Essay – The Role of Youth Work
Weighting: 50% Word Limit: 2000 words
Summary: Write an essay that covers the topics listed below. Address the individual subjects
according to the specific marking criteria by using relevant youth work practice literature to support
your responses. Source material can include books, journal articles, reports, documents containing
policies and/or strategies, as well as Codes of Practice/Ethics pertaining to youth work practice. The
references listed at the end of each Module presentation can be used as a literature guide.
Main topics to be addressed:

  1. Brief introduction outlining your essay.
  2. Explain ONE core value and ONE key principle underlying Youth Work Practice.
  3. Identify THREE relevant Youth Work practice skills and explain why they are important.
  4. Explore and discuss the difference between Youth Work, Case Management and
    Counselling.
  5. Discuss the importance of Youth Work in the context of multi-disciplinary services for
    young people. Consider the intersection of relevant youth services and programs.
  6. Discuss ONE major risk young people are facing today.
  7. Analyse the role of the youth worker (as discussed above, i.e. values, principles and
    importance) in working with young people experiencing ONE of the chosen risks.
  8. Conclusion – Review key points and provide one sentence that sums up Youth Work
    Practice.
    Please follow the sequence of the specific marking criteria and use them as sub-headings.
    Structure:
    • This essay must clearly demonstrate your academic writing skills, including the correct use of
    references following APA format.
    • The main topics and the specific marking criteria provide the basic framework for the
    assignment. The specific marking criteria should be used as sequential headings to clearly
    identify the responses to the individual tasks.
    • The word limit has a maximum of 2000 words.
    2
    • Heading, In-text citations, Appendices, diagrams, direct quotes, title page, figures, reference
    list, and tables are not included in the word count.
    • Formatting of your assignment must follow the instructions in How to Do Assignments on
    StudyDesk.
    Marking Scheme
    Marks for this assignment: 40 marks relate to the specific criteria and 10 marks relate to the general
    criteria.
    Important: Follow the specific marking criteria by using numbered headings and address all topics as
    required. Maintain a clear and balanced focus on youth work theory and practice.
    Specific Marking Criteria Notes Mark
    (%)
    1 Introduction
    Introduction outlining your essay. /2.5
    2 Youth Work Values and
    Principles
    Explanation of ONE core value and ONE key
    principle underlying Youth Work Practice. /5
    3 Youth Work Practice Skills
    Identification of THREE relevant Youth Work
    practice skills and explain why they are
    important.
    /5
    4 Youth Work Perspective
    Exploration and discussion of the difference
    between Youth Work, Case Management and
    Counselling.
    /5
    5 Youth Work Importance
    Discussion on the importance of Youth Work in
    the context of multi-disciplinary services for
    young people. Consider the intersection of
    relevant youth services and programs.
    /5
    6 Youth Work and Risk
    Discussion on ONE major risk young people
    are facing today /5
    7 Youth Work Analysis
    Critical Discussion on the role of the youth
    worker (as discussed above, i.e. values,
    principles and importance) in working with
    young people experiencing ONE of the chosen
    risks.
    /10
    8 Conclusion The conclusion should draw together the main
    points discussed in the essay.
    /2.5
    3
    General Marking Criteria Notes Mark
    (%)
    Approach to written content • The extent to which your responses correctly address
    the individual marking criteria.
    • The extent to which your assignment is a balanced and
    evidence-based account.
    • The extent to which the text reflects independent
    research of relevant source material.
    /2
    Rigour • The extent to which you have researched the subject.
    • The extent to which you have reviewed the relevant
    literature on the subject.
    • The extent to which you have cited relevant sources.
    • Word count achieved
    /2
    Literacy • The extent to which your writing is fluent and free of
    grammatical and spelling errors.
    • Emphasis is placed on clarity of expression and
    argumentation.
    /2
    Organisation • The extent to which you have ordered your views. Your
    points should be well integrated, coherent, and
    sequential.
    • Use of headings and sub-headings is essential.
    • A brief introduction and conclusion are required.
    Please use the attainable marks as guidance for each
    task.
    /2
    Referencing • The extent to which you have accurately referenced all
    sources in accordance with the APA referencing
    system.
    • All listed references must be cited at least once.
    • All cited sources must be included in the reference list.
    /2
    TOTAL /50

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