RESPONDING TO OUR CURRENT TIMES IN CHILD AND YOUTH CARE

  • Janet Newbury
  • Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw University of Victoria
Keywords: child, youth, families, research, practice, intervention, leadership, communities, welfare, health, kidshealth, family service, mental health, justice, empowerment

Abstract

The 21st century is marked with a variety of unique and intersecting issues, opportunities, and political realities. Child and Youth Care (CYC) theory and practice continues to take place within and in response to a range of relationships, discourses, and institutions. Our relationship with the physical world is now understood with a sense of urgency as never before. Globalized economic systems are impacting how we organize on institutional and even interpersonal levels. Technologically mediated worlds are altering who we are, how we engage with each other, and how we envision and enact futures together. These pressing issues are often cast to the margins of CYC discussions, but are increasingly being experienced by many as central to the work we do and the lives we live.

Students, practitioners, and researchers had the opportunity to connect with each other, and with youth in the community and colleagues from across Canada and around the world, at the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada to discuss how to respond to our current times. CYC in Action IV: Responding to Our Current Times (May 1 to 3, 2014) was a lively conference that aimed to put Child and Youth Care practice into context, considering not only what we do and how we do it, but also the political, cultural, and economic conditions at play in our work.

Published
2015-07-07