Human Rights-Based Approach To Youth Work

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‘A rights-based approach to youth work entails a process of engagement with young people based on human rights. Within this process all rights should apply equally to all and young people are understood to be agents in determining the interventions that are best for them as individuals and collectives. The role of “duty bearers” is understood as being primarily the State with regard to ensuring these rights and this should be recognized and acted on’ (Belton, 2012: 20). Critically discuss in relation to a specific national context.

What is the work of a youth work? How is the youth worker going to act as duty bearer?
The human rights are equal for each youth as stated by (Belton, 2012). But how can a youth worker implement the same rights
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The youth worker has to abandon the assumptions that the youth isn’t capable to be his own advocate, on the contrary, the youth worker has to believe in the capacities and skills of the youth. His/her work is to enhance the youth’s participation in taking control of the issues that are affecting his life. As presented in the advocacy (non-radical) model of Trudi and Cooper, the role of the youth worker is to maximise the young person's ability and to accommodate the existing legal bureaucratic framework, by defending in favour of the youth in context. (Trudi Cooper,…show more content…
The youth worker has also to inform the youth if there are any seminars or associations that can help the youth to develop his skills and knowledge.
In Malta, a training is organised by the ‘Aġenzija żgħażagħ’on Human rights education where a number of workshops and sessions are done to create awareness of their rights and the rights of others, and more prepare themselves to advocate for their respective environments and within society.

References:
Bibliography
Belton, B. (2012). Proffesional Youth Work. London: Common Wealth Secretariat.
Fusco, D. (16 Mar 2012.). Use of Self in the Context of Youth Work. 14.
Trudi Cooper, R. W. (1994). Models of Youth work Interventions. Youth Study Australia.

Works Cited
Belton, B. (2012). Proffesional Youth Work. London: Common Wealth Secretariat.
Fusco, D. (16 Mar 2012.). Use of Self in the Context of Youth Work. 14.
Trudi Cooper, R. W. (1994). Models of Youth work Interventions. Youth Study
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