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Youth Work

At Base 51 we believe all young people deserve the best youth provision delivered by qualified youth workers. Professionalising youth work is one of our core objectives as our training exists for the benefit of -

  • Young People: To ensure the best possible outcome for young people and to enable each and every one of them to reach their full potential. Further, our courses work to provide a dedicated and respected Youth Service which is available and relevant to all young people.

  • Youth Workers: Providing Youth Workers with the knowledge, skills and qualifications for the benefit and safety of all involved within youth work settings.

We ensure that young people are at the focus throughout all of our training opportunities from the Level 2 Award to the Level 3 Diploma.


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Youth Work

Why Youth Work?

Youth Work is crucial to a young person’s development and whilst historically there have been Youth Clubs for a long time, the issues impacting young people are perhaps far more complex now than they ever have been before.

Transition to adulthood is being increasingly delayed with entry into the labour market and ability to access benefits generally happening much later. Young people become economically dependent for longer as a result.

At the same time, puberty, which is often seen as the marker for the end of childhood, may be starting earlier according to global studies. This results in young people maturing both socially and sexually sooner, and the impacts of this are not yet fully understood.

These changes in society are not affecting all young people equally – evidence shows that there are increasingly negative effects for those who are most disadvantaged by poverty.

The funding and support for crucial youth services has not been in line with the changes young people are facing in today’s world. Qualified youth workers are therefore a valuable commodity against this backdrop, and being a practitioner in youth work is as rewarding as it is important.

  • Approximately 4.2 million children and young people (29% of all UK under 18s) were in poverty between 2021-2022. This is up from 3.6 million just a decade earlier.

  • Over 90,000 children missed education (they were not registered at a local school or received suitable education) in the 2021/2022 academic year.

  • Over 30,000 children have been impacted by gang violence in 2019.

  • Youth services have suffered a 74% funding cut since 2011 with around £1.1bn cut from youth services.


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