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Reflective Practice, a UK Perspective

Training Course

Burnley, UK, 9-16th March 2014 (This course was attended by participants from Estonia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Turkey and UK)

This course aimed to explore the theory of reflective practice in youth work from a UK perspective. The UK has over 60 years history of professional youth work which this course plans to highlight and demonstrate how this came to be. This course was attended by participants based in Estonia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Turkey and UK.

The course took place in the town of Burnley, England (nearest airport is Manchester). During the course, participants was taken to visit youth work settings in the region and had a chance to interact and ask questions to UK youth workers.

During the training, we explored reflection based practice in order to better understand it so we can use it effectively in our own work setting. We used reflection throughout the week in order to assess our progress and saw it in practice in UK based settings. From what we explored, we hope that each participant will be able to implement what they learn into their own work in their own country.

During the week, participants engaged in various activities that explore the topic and looked at reflective practice while discussing models for its growth and development in Europe. The course also fostered new collaborations between the partner countries and explained how to gain funding for future cooperation for international youth activity.

This project was the result of a desire to share reflective practice between European Countries, by taking a process-based approach that does not assume a level of understanding. Instead it builds on introducing the subject, exploring its relevance and applying it in the context of each country so then each participant will return home with something of real value.

Our partners for this project are: