Singapore University of Social Sciences

Theory and Practice of Youthwork

Theory and Practice of Youthwork (SWK569)


Theory and Practice of Youthwork is to complement the School Social Work course. It examines youths at risk of juvenile delinquency by providing conceptual and practical information on key issues and problems like anti social behaviour, youth gangs, bullying, shoplifting and teenage pregnancies. Prevention and intervention techniques will be covered to prepare the students to work effectively with this client group and improve their lives.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Youth in community setting
  • Theories underpinning Youthwork
  • Key Issus and Challenges
  • At Risk Categories
  • Interventions – Behavioural therapies, individual, group and family
  • Interventions – Prophylactic, outreach and prevention
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Youths and Suicide
  • Youths and Crimes
  • Youths and Technology
  • Gangs and Bullying in School
  • Developing the potentials in youths

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse the school setting in a community context and the problems and challenges facing students.
  • Appraise youth problems and strengths in assessment.
  • Choose a systems approach in working with youth within the community.
  • Discuss the familial and social issues that impact youths
  • Assess youth outreach and development programmes.
  • Design effective prevention, leadership and training programmes for youth.
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