Steph Green

Tutor in Community Development and Youth Work

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Steph Green

I have worked as a Youth and Community Worker in NW England for many years. I qualified as a youth and community worker in 1987 at Manchester Metropolitan University, and completed an MEd in Educational Studies at Manchester University in 1994. I now teach on the professionally validated BA (Hons) in Community Development and Youth Work at Ruskin College. In the past I have taught Youth and Community Work at levels 2 and 3 for several local authorities, and at levels 4 and 5 at Manchester Metropolitan University and St Martin’s College Lancaster, and now I lead the level 6 element of the BA (Hons) programme at Ruskin College as well as doing some other teaching on FE and HE courses up to level 7.

I first got involved in youth and community work as a community activist, setting up lesbian and gay youth groups in Manchester in my late teens. I was also a founder member of a workers cooperative (a bakery) in the late 1970’s. My first paid employment as a youth and community worker was at the Water Adventure Centre in Tameside, Greater Manchester, mixing youth work, play work and outdoor education approaches. There, I focused on developing work with girls and young women and I became active in the development of feminist youth work with young women locally and nationally. I have continued to develop areas of anti-oppressive youth and community work in all the jobs I have had.

I have often found ways to involve young people and other community members in campaigning and activism, e.g. campaigns against section 28 and several anti-cuts campaigns. I have been active in developing young people’s political voice within local authorities and nationally, in a variety of ways. I was a trade union activist in the Community and Youth Workers Union (now part of UNITE) during the 1990’s and made connections between union activism and young people’s community activism.

In 2000 I was appointed Head of Wigan Youth Service and later moved to Oxfordshire to become the Director of Services for Young Women at YWCA (England &Wales) before coming to Ruskin College. At YWCA I was especially proud to be able to develop young women’s leadership and participation in the ‘Respect Young Mums’ campaign – challenging the negative attitudes to young mothers in the media, communities and in social policy.

I have experience of working in many youth and community settings, in local authorities and third sector, and I have also managed an even wider range of work.

I am currently a Trustee of Leys CDI in Oxford. I’m also a Director of TAG, the professional association of lecturers in youth and community work (UK and Ireland). I represent TAG on ETS, the national body overseeing professional validation for Youth Work qualifications, and I’m also involved in In Defence of Youth Work.

I enjoy bringing this experience to the teaching at Ruskin. I make things ‘practical’ wherever possible, using experiential learning and group-based approaches with students.


Recent conference papers and workshops:

Youth & Policy: Working with Girls and Young Women conferences:

Learning compulsory heterosexuality from children’s films, 2014

The I in oppression, 2010

BERA SIG: Sexualities & Youth Work, 2011:

What does anti-oppressive youth and community work practice offer in relation to young people and sexuality?

TAG (UK & Ireland) annual conferences:

Methods of teaching anti-oppressive youth and community work, 2014

Strategies for practice learning, 2013

Beyond placements: Developing other fieldwork practice models, 2012

Putting anti-oppressive practice into the curriculum, 2011

Using groupwork in Youth and Community Work Teaching, 2010


Green, S. Narayansingh, D et al (1999) It’s Not a Problem Here! Oh Yeah? Rafiki Project Racism Awareness Pack Wigan MBC Youth Service, Blackburn, Action Factory Community Arts Ltd

Manchester Women Youth Workers Group (1980) A Resource Pack for Working with Girls, Manchester, Hulme Girls Project

Cohen, S. Green, S. et al (1978) Law and Sexuality, Manchester, Grass Roots Books and Longsight Law Centre

Study Community Development and Youth Work at Ruskin College.

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