29 Jan New participation project with YJB
We’re teaming up with the Youth Justice Board to research, define and promote strong participatory practice within youth offending teams (YOTs) across England and Wales.
The project will have three phases. In the first, we’re working in close partnership with Clearview Research to gather and share examples of coproduction and participation in action. This means working equally with children and young adults who have lived experience, to co-create informed services that work better.
Peer Power Experts* will be involved throughout the project and are now co-creating a survey for YOTs. Discoveries from this survey will support children and sector staff to work together and shape services in the future.
“I hope from this work that organisations can see the value of coproduction and how it can empower both professionals and young people to create a more empathic service and be more inclusive,” said one Peer Power Expert. “Coproduction can create long-lasting change and organisations should be proud to take that first step in making equal ground.”
Phase two of the project will take a closer look at involvement activities such as assessment planning and influencing services. During the third phase we’ll produce a best practice resource pack.
YOT teams can read more on the YJBulletin.
For a deeper look at what goes into making *real* and *meaningful* coproduction happen read this Q&A.
*When a young person joins Peer Power, they become a partner – in designing the support they want, and in creating the change they want to see. Peer Power Experts are children, teenagers and young adults with experience of adversity who work with professionals on system change – speaking at events, running workshops and doing creative work to tell stories with power. We support them as they develop strengths and skills on a ‘Peer to Professional’ journey.