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Welcome to the subject page for Youth and Community Work.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Placement Students page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus. 

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…

  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

    New Books

    Brown, K. (2017) Vulnerability and young people: Care and social control in policy and practice. Bristol: policy Press.

    De St. Croix, T. (2016) Grassroots youth work: Policy, passion and social control in policy and practice. Bristol: Policy Press.

    Ledwith, M. (2016) Community development in action: Putting Freire into practice. Bristol: Policy Press. 

    Thompson, N. (2016) Anti-discriminatory practice: Equality, diversity and social justice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Journals & Eresources


    Academic Search Complete 
    An excellent multidisciplinary database, with the full text of over 5,500 journals.

    Campbell Collaboration 
    The Campbell Collaboration prepares, maintains and disseminates systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, and social welfare.

    Community Care Inform - children
    Aimed at professionals who work with children, Community Care Inform pulls together guides, research, case law and legislation on a wide range of topics, from adoption to mental health and Welfare rights. 

    You will need to Sign in (top right) to get access to the full-text.  Use the Shibboleth option, find the University of Cumbria on the list and then log in as normal.  If you have any problems logging on it maybe because you are using Internet Explorer as your browser.  Try using Firefox or Chrome instead.

    Proquest Social Science Journals

    Full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology, with the full text of over 100,000 articles from 59 journals.

    SciVerse ScienceDirect  
    A large database covering physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.  Access to 1,800 journals.

    Sociology journals collection

    Social Care Online  
    UK's most complete range of information and research on all aspects of social care including families, children, young people, government and social policy, mental health and mental health care, people, groups and communities (including older people and black and minority ethnic people), physical and learning disabilities, social care, social work and social workers.


    Youth and youth policy
    Youth & Policy Journal offers a critical space for the discussion of youth policy and youth work theory and practice.  Full text access is available online.

    Children & Young People Now
    Children & Young People Now is the magazine and website for all professionals who work to improve the life chances of children, young people and families. It is the essential resource on the learning, development, wellbeing and safeguarding of children and young people, from birth to the age of 19.

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    Agencies and Organisations

    American Psychological Association

    Carnegie UK Trust

    Centre for Youth Ministry

    Children's Legal Centre Promoting Children’s Rights in the UK and worldwide.

    The Children's Society

    DrugWise Commissions research into illegal drug use by young people in the UK.

    National Children's Bureau Supports children, young people, families and those who work with them

    National Youth Agency

    Participation Works Participation Works is a partnership of seven national children and young people's agencies that enable organisations to effectively involve children and young people in the development,delivery and evaluation of services that affect their lives.

    Suzy Lamplugh Trust Aims to provide practical support and guidance to reduce people's fear of crime, and to develop skills and strategies for keeping themselves safe.

    Education Websites

    CogPrints 2000 freely-downloadable articles in Cognitive Sciences including Psychology, Philosophy and Anthropology.

    UK Data Service Key economic and social data, also organised by theme by e.g. 'Crime and Social Control', 'Housing'.

    ESRC - The Economic and Social Research Council

    infed Educators and others interested in informal education, youth work, community development and lifelong learning.

    UK Data Archive UK's largest collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities. 


    Government websites

    British Youth Council - website of the UK government

    UK National Statistics

    Youth Justice Board 



    Children & Young People Now

    Youthwork magazine