Young People's Area


"I'm Walking A Life"

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"Whitney Spoken Word"

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"Young People Performing A Song"

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"Be good to be close to family and those supporting you"

"Intelligence is more than School smart"

"Young people aren't out of reach. Services are out of reach"

"I just tried to stay out of trouble, connect with family and friends and get early release"

"The word education isn't a great word"

"Young people need a second chance"

"If someone's got something to lose they will fight to keep it"

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

"Knowing your rights and entitlements means you feel more empowered"

"If I complain, I don't think anything will happen"

"The long term affect is massive, but the decision is based on the judges mood"

"Young people should be involved from the beginning"

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Samantha Burns

Samantha Burns is currently a Research Associate at Newcastle University working on a project to explore the complexities of children and young people’s adverse life experiences and effectiveness of health and social care interventions. She has recently completed her PhD, studying the role and impact of co-production practices with young people in Hong Kong youth services. Prior to this, Samantha was involved in a range of projects in England which focused on increasing young people’s voice and participation in the criminal justice system. From these experiences, Samantha understands the importance of working in genuine, reciprocal partnerships for deepening engagement, building trust and viewing young people as capable, intelligent co-producers.