Keep on keeping on

A few months ago I received a message from a boy I worked with in the early days of XLP. As youth workers we all know at least one kid that we are secretly dreading seeing again: this was that kid. He was a nightmare. But out of nowhere, he contacted me on Facebook saying, ‘You may remember that back then I wasn’t the best kid in school, but I have now seen sense and work as a police officer.’

It feels like only yesterday that he was winding me up and yet I look at the challenges that XLP faced, the attitudes to youth work, and also my choice...

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