The Thinking Seriously conferences offer participants an opportunity to discuss new directions in working with young people. The intention is to provoke serious, reflective and analytical thought, benefiting from analysis and research as well as practice experience across a range of settings and localities. The events are deliberately designed to be small scale to encourage critical discussion and developmental conversation amongst participants.


The fourth ‘Youth and Policy’ Thinking Seriously conference will be a women only event focusing on the subject of feminism and youth work. The 2014 conference, Thinking Afresh: feminism and youth work, will give particular emphasis to current issues of gender inequality and difference as they impact upon girls and young women and female youth workers. It will seek to develop a critical feminist understanding of current policy agendas and the particular professional specialisms associated with work with girls and young women.

10th – 11th June 2014

Hinsley Hall, Leeds, United Kingdom

Residential:  £139

Non-residential: £88 

To confirm your place return the booking form to: For booking enquiries contact Tracey Hodgson on +44 191 3781424. Telephone Ruth Gilchrist on +44 191 4140990 for information on workshops.

In order to create an atmosphere and setting favourable to debate and conversation, we shall restrict attendance to a maximum of 60 and ask all participants to make a commitment to attend for the whole two day event.

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