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What mattered ten years on? Young people’s reflections on their involvement with a charitable youth participation project

Body, Alison, Hogg, Eddy (2018) What mattered ten years on? Young people’s reflections on their involvement with a charitable youth participation project. Journal of Youth Studies, 22 (2). pp. 171-186. ISSN 1367-6261. E-ISSN 1469-9680. (doi:10.1080/13676261.2018.1492101) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Youth work in England is experiencing ongoing rapid and significant change, fuelling debate about its very function. This paper contributes to this debate by presenting original research on what young people themselves prioritised as significant in-service provision and highlights the longer-term impact that engagement with a voluntary sector organisation can have on the lives of vulnerable young people. Drawing on qualitative interviews with ten former youth participants involved in youth participation projects, the findings presented in this paper suggest that participants felt the support they received was, in many cases, ‘transformative’. However, they primarily defined their experiences and the impact through their relationships with individuals supporting them, through the sense of achievement and ability to effect change they developed and through finding a voice to affect community decisions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13676261.2018.1492101
Uncontrolled keywords: youth work, transition, participation
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Eddy Hogg
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 14:43 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 12:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67368 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Body, Alison: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0421-5159
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