Taking youth ministry to the streets

A few months ago, I wrote an article on how the Youth Work WA code of ethics can help create a safe ministry. (You can find that article here). The cross-over between youth ministry and professional youth work is something I am keenly interested in and passionate about. Traditionally, youth ministries are interested in conversions of …

Australia Day – what’s all the fuss about?

It’s an issue that seems is being raised every January with more frequency and more discussion in latest years than ever before. Should we change the date or not? What’s all the fuss about?  In 1994, January 26 became an Australia-wide public holiday (Marlow, 2016; Fozdar and Spittles, 2015). January 26 was chosen as the …

Creating a safe youth ministry

How helpful would the Youth Work WA Ethics be in a Youth Ministry setting? The Issue In 2017, the Royal Commission into child abuse in institutions highlighted the sad fact that many children have been abused within churches and other institutions. While some news articles on the Commission made it seem like it was only …

‘which one of youse want to fight?’ – Youth and violent ways of being

Some Youthful Thoughts

Mia told me about her first time in juvenile detention and defending her friend…

“…all of the girls picking on her. Every single girl picking on her because, I don’t know, she just kept to herself… And so, they just started telling stories. And as soon as I got in there, and I went to her they just started telling stories about me. So, I didn’t like that, so I went up to them all, all twelve of them, went up to them and was just ‘which one of youse want to fight?’ You know? And out of all of them not one of them stepped up. So ever since then the girls would never run me down in there but.”

Mia’s story sounds like what we might expect juvenile detention is like.Mia has many personal “risk factors”, but Mia’s story isn’t what it seems. Close listening to her story…

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Black lives matter – in Australia too.

by Tim Mullen In this article:  I’ve been on a journey of discovery about the importance of Black Lives MatterAboriginal people are severely disadvantaged and oppressed in many ways in AustraliaDeep listening is the answer             Recently, media and social media have been flooded with discussions of the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA. When …

Youth Work in an isolated era

It is no  exaggeration to say that our world has been changed by COVID-19. We have seen the way we work, shop, socialise, exercise, study, and more, change dramatically. This is no different for mental health services, youth groups and youth services. Many services have had to completely change the way they operate, some have had to …