Youth work in the Netherlands goes back a long way and since the 1970s has taken on a rather strong professional image. During the last decades, it went through some hard times, but recently it has undergone a revival and revaluation. (Griensven & Smeets, 2003). The fi rst section of this paper is about how the characteristics of the Dutch affect social work and youth work concepts. The second part discusses the Dutch framework for youth work: definition, fields of activities, core tasks and the ambiguous relationship between youth work and social work. The third section deals with the history of youth work. The paper concludes with a refl ection on the future directions that youth work could take. The article is based on Dutch historical research, some by the author, and the author’s involvement in youth work, both as a youth worker and editorin- chief of the semi-scientifi c journal Jeugd en samenleving.
|Title of host publication
|The history of youth work in Europe and its relevance for youth policy today. Vol. 2
|Council of Europe
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Jan 2010