A new and comprehensive textbook introducing youth and youth work in the context of contemporary Irish society, focussing on issues and legislation relevant to young people and those involved in youth work. * Outlines development during adolescence and considers the young person's life in a social and family context. * Examines the position of young people in terms of education, youth and justice, employment and law. * Historical development of youth work is outlined with details of all recent changes in youth work policy and legislation. * Explores the role of the youth worker and highlights good practice guidelines, child protection and health and safety as part of working with young people. * Contemporary issues such as equality and discrimination, LGBT, social media, health and wellbeing, sexual health, drugs and suicide are addressed. * Activities, exercises, case studies and scenarios encourage practical application of knowledge and skills. * Includes practical approaches and basic guidelines for completing assignments and research projects. Written For: All FETAC Level 5 Youth Work courses.