Call for contributions from The Radical Community Work Journal

Call for contributions from The Radical Community Work Journal - Case Studies

We have been commissioned to write a text book on community development. Part of the book is a section of case studies, and we are looking for
contributors to write some of these studies. There is no payment involved, however it is a significant publication and you will be named as the author
of the case study.

Most community development case studies are quite simple and underdeveloped. For example:

Men’s Group. Often such a case study would talk about the men in the group and focus on some of the activities they get involved in, followed by a discussion of what worked and what didn’t. Sometimes there is also some discussion of underpinning ideas, theory, values.

The case studies we are looking for are longer (around 3000 to 3500 words) and are more analytical and holistic. To take a Men’s Group as an example,
the types of things we would want to discuss would be:

  • The social and economic context of the area within which the study is set.
  • The age, ethnicity and social status of the men involved, and who is not included and why.
  • Why these men are involved in the group and how this changes as the group develops
  • The model of work (eg. Traditional CD group work, community social work, Popular Education, etc.), and why this model was used.
  • Reference to the evolving process of the group
  • The planned outputs and outcomes of the group and why they were selected. Who selected the outputs and outcomes – agency, worker, participants?
  • The social capital and networks of the men at the start of the process and how this changed.
  • The actual and potential assets that the group could draw upon.
  • What happened – what worked, what didn’t work and why?
  • What was achieved, what difference did it make for the men and the wider community?
  • What was learnt from this work? This includes a discussion that could include; analysis of power, personal and community empowerment, inequality / anti-discriminatory practice, leadership development / community building, etc.
  • Literature underpinning the development of this work and the analysis of it.

We are interested in using a diverse range of case studies that include, but are not limited to, the subjects listed below.

  • Arts based Community Development
  • Working with Women
  • Radical Youth Work
  • Working with Older People
  • Working with the LGBT community
  • Environment and Community Development
  • Faith Based Community Development
  • Ethnic minority communities
  • Working with migrant / refugee communities
  • Rural work
  • Community Based Enterprises
  • Working for the Local Authority
  • Running a Campaign / Building Coalitions

We would need the case studies to be sent to us by Friday the 9th of November. Due to our publisher’s deadline, we have no flexibility with this date.

If you are interested in writing a case study, or you are just thinking about doing so, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Case Studies in the subject line and we will get back to you.

Dave Beck & Rod Purcell



Validation of Professional Youth Work Programmes

ETS and NYA have been conducting a review of the requirements that underpin the validation of professional youth work programmes in England. Given the challenging circumstances for both the youth work field and the institutions delivering programmes, it was felt to be timely to reflect on the clarity and relevance of requirements and consider how our validation processes align to and support wider institutional review activity. There is also work to review NYA and ETS approaches, quality assurance and support to programmes.

A copy of the revised guidance which remains in a draft format and contains some explanatory narrative to assist in this consultation can be downloaded here. A survey monkey form has been created to aid the gathering of feedback to ensure all comments are captured:

We are keen for as many of our stakeholders to respond as possible as this really helps inform the final version with confidence that we have met the aim of the review to produce clear and concise guidance  that continues to support robust professional formation whilst being accommodating to the changes and challenges within the sector.

Please could all comments be shared by the 4th July.

Localis: Place matters: How communities in England are changing

This report from neo-localist think tank Localis outlines some of the key trends shaping three distinct communities (market and new towns, urban north and rural communities) now and, in the future.

"Four times a year, figures outlining the country’s economic performance are published. Sometimes the bulletins bring good news, sometimes they bring bad news, yet national measures matter little when they seem out of step with local circumstance. In Sheffield, for instance, the economy has in recent years had a similar trajectory to Greece’s. Questions of national GDP are of little significance in a place that has faced a decade-long recession..." Read more of this report on the Local trust website

All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs

The National Youth Agency (NYA) is delighted to support the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs (APPG) to lead a full national inquiry into youth work. As the national body for youth work NYA is working hard to champion our profession and to constantly highlight the need for youth work. The NYA is grateful to the cross party group of MP’s who will lead this inquiry and special thanks also to the APPG secretariat British Youth Council and YMCA England and Wales for supporting this endeavour.

The inquiry is seeking to address the following four points:

1. What is the role of youth work in addressing the needs and opportunities for young people?

2. Are the key issues and challenges faced by young people being addressed by current youth service provisions?

3. Are there sufficient youth workers to support youth services and other delivery models for good quality youth work?

4. What are the training and workforce development needs to secure and sustain youth work?

The inquiry is being launched today by the Chairman of the APPG, Lloyd Russell-Moyle with the NYA. The NYA is calling on the youth sector to respond passionately and comprehensively to our call for evidence. Evidence can be submitted to the inquiry team via the NYA’s website:

We will be supporting the sector to submit as much evidence as possible to enable the cross-party group of MP’s to draw conclusions. The APPG MP’s will also be conducting a number of hearings and visits to youth projects across the country. Organisations can nominate themselves for an MP visit via the link above also.


Local Trust Blog: Gang Violence & Communities

A community development approach to empowering communities affected by gang violence

ESB know that gang violence is something both participants and staff on our endorsed courses are facing in their work. In this blog from Local Trust Big Local reps offer four key ways community development approaches can help empower communities affected by these issues. We are living in times where turbulence is the new norm and parts of our communities feel increasingly pressured by everyday life. There is a growing lack of trust between communities and agencies, exacerbating feelings of insecurity and isolation. In addition, there has been a withdrawal of local services, and a growing gap between ‘decision makers’ and those whom decisions are impacted on. Read the blog article here

For aperspective of how one community in London is becoming empowered by tackling issues around children and young people at risk of knife crime and gang violence here is a blog about East Finchley from one of their Big Local reps: Empowering communities: a Big Local perspective