Youth Work Lab: Parents

Sometimes they don’t engage at all, sometimes they criticise the things you say and do, sometimes they speak an encouraging word and it lifts you for the rest of the term. Youth workers may focus on the young people with the core of their roles, but the role of family in youth work should never be under-estimated. Young people remain the focus of our work, but neglecting the role families can play in the ministries we are a part of can result in missed opportunities to see greater wholeness.

Throughout this article, ‘family’ will be used as an attempt to capture the differing family situations that young people come from; this may include biological...

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