Creator and key contributor: Sean Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Youth Work and Childhood Studies at Teesside University.
Currently specialises in teaching on Children’s Rights, Youth Empowerment: Global and Local; Youth Work Practice, History; and Youth Policy. Previously worked for 20 years as a professional Youth and Community Worker in voluntary and statutory sector; and most recently as Youth Participation Manager at Connexions Tees Valley. External work and roles: Peer Reviewer Journal of Youth Studies; member of Participation Workers Network for England(PWNE) and National Youth Agency (NYA)Training and Advisory Group (TAG) member ; External Examiner for Manchester University and De Montfort University; also a Trustee on local youth organisations LINX (Middlesbrough)and The Junction Foundation (Redcar).
The space is dedicated to providing critical commentary on young people in society. It will provides a perspective on young people’s lives that seeks to challenge current myths and misconceptions of youth, especially those portrayed in the social policy, mass media and general society. The blogs are designed provide well-informed opinion which includes the latest academic research, discourse and debate on related youth topics. Whilst the primary focus is on the UK, it is envisaged that over time a wider and diverse collection of work will include more European and Global youth perspectives.