Social Work Education
After reading this fine collection of essays one concludes that within the context of their time, settlement work was on balance progressive, committed and enduring... Between these covers a valuable and still living history has been rescued and effectively passed on to us.
Today's settlements are very different and their scope can be seen in the various chapters here which include discussion of their work in adult education, the arts, disabled children, legal and money advice, family centres and much more. By 1999, the Birmingham settlement, for example, had an annual budget of nearly 2.5 million with 120 staff and 250 volunteers contributing to 24 projects. In his chapter, Tony Jeffs shows that youth work has long been associated with the settlements; Jeffs explains that the youth work had three features. First, it aimed to give youngsters enjoyable recreation. Second, it did so within buildings which also served other age groups. Third, it was embedded within a movement "devoted to publicising the plight of the poor".
A history of the settlement movement in Britain and the United States.