I believe I can fly : from shelter to developmental programme : changing interventions in a residential setting for street youth in Cape Town, South Africa between 1991 and 1999

 

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dc.contributor.author Crawford-Browne, Sarah en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-27T19:43:47Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-27T19:43:47Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Crawford-Browne, S. 2000. I believe I can fly : from shelter to developmental programme : changing interventions in a residential setting for street youth in Cape Town, South Africa between 1991 and 1999. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10280
dc.description Bibliography : leaves 206-213. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Despite adolescence being a window of opportunity for effective intervention, street youth are frequently unnoticed by service providers, policy makers and the general public, and therefore their specific needs are unacknowledged. The writer has undertaken an exploratory study, using document analysis and participant observation as key methods, to contribute to identifying effective intervention techniques for work with street youth. This study bears witness to an extraordinary practice experience in a hostel for male youth between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four, who have lived on the streets of Cape Town. Over three years the hostel developed from a "Home" offering shelter, care and support, to a "School of Life" which offered a focused developmental programme. Through documenting the philosophies, operating principles and the youth's responses to the two interventions, the study explores five suppositions concerning residential intervention practice with street youth. This study indicates that simply providing shelter, food and care is not usually sufficient to facilitate a street youth's move into the mainstream community. It suggests that providing for basic needs without demanding responsibility may encourage dependency, learned helplessness and institutionalisation. In tum the use of a time limited intervention, social skills workshops and involving the youth in the everyday running of the hostel may mitigate against this. The research proposes that assisting the youth to attain the developmental tasks of adolescence may prepare them for independence. The study notes that the use of group dynamics within the hostel community of youth and staff is a powerful tool of intervention and finally, suggests that the youth move through a process as they leave the streets, move into the hostel, settle and then prepare to leave. If the hostel is unable to support the youth through these phases, they will return to the streets. Street youth are only a "lost cause" if service providers continue to ignore the specific needs and issues of this client group. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.title I believe I can fly : from shelter to developmental programme : changing interventions in a residential setting for street youth in Cape Town, South Africa between 1991 and 1999 en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Social Development en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Crawford-Browne, S. (2000). <i>I believe I can fly : from shelter to developmental programme : changing interventions in a residential setting for street youth in Cape Town, South Africa between 1991 and 1999</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10280 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Crawford-Browne, Sarah. <i>"I believe I can fly : from shelter to developmental programme : changing interventions in a residential setting for street youth in Cape Town, South Africa between 1991 and 1999."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2000. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10280 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Crawford-Browne S. I believe I can fly : from shelter to developmental programme : changing interventions in a residential setting for street youth in Cape Town, South Africa between 1991 and 1999. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2000 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10280 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Crawford-Browne, Sarah AB - Despite adolescence being a window of opportunity for effective intervention, street youth are frequently unnoticed by service providers, policy makers and the general public, and therefore their specific needs are unacknowledged. The writer has undertaken an exploratory study, using document analysis and participant observation as key methods, to contribute to identifying effective intervention techniques for work with street youth. This study bears witness to an extraordinary practice experience in a hostel for male youth between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four, who have lived on the streets of Cape Town. Over three years the hostel developed from a "Home" offering shelter, care and support, to a "School of Life" which offered a focused developmental programme. Through documenting the philosophies, operating principles and the youth's responses to the two interventions, the study explores five suppositions concerning residential intervention practice with street youth. This study indicates that simply providing shelter, food and care is not usually sufficient to facilitate a street youth's move into the mainstream community. It suggests that providing for basic needs without demanding responsibility may encourage dependency, learned helplessness and institutionalisation. In tum the use of a time limited intervention, social skills workshops and involving the youth in the everyday running of the hostel may mitigate against this. The research proposes that assisting the youth to attain the developmental tasks of adolescence may prepare them for independence. The study notes that the use of group dynamics within the hostel community of youth and staff is a powerful tool of intervention and finally, suggests that the youth move through a process as they leave the streets, move into the hostel, settle and then prepare to leave. If the hostel is unable to support the youth through these phases, they will return to the streets. Street youth are only a "lost cause" if service providers continue to ignore the specific needs and issues of this client group. DA - 2000 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2000 T1 - I believe I can fly : from shelter to developmental programme : changing interventions in a residential setting for street youth in Cape Town, South Africa between 1991 and 1999 TI - I believe I can fly : from shelter to developmental programme : changing interventions in a residential setting for street youth in Cape Town, South Africa between 1991 and 1999 UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10280 ER - en_ZA


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