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Dr hugh mclaughlin university of salford

Involving Young Service Users as Co-Researchers in Evaluating Service Provision: Perils, Potential and Potential Issues

Dr Hugh McLaughlin

University of Salford


Reasons for involving young people in research

Reasons for involving young people in research

  • Range and quality of data enhanced

  • YP speak a common language

  • YP raise issues with other young people they would not raise with an adult

  • YP have ownership of the findings

  • YP presenting own findings have greater impact

  • Article 12 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • Self- confidence, self esteem and employability


Assumptive worlds behind involving children and young people

Assumptive worlds behind involving children and young people

  • As objects

  • As subjects

  • As social actors

  • As active participants

    Christensen, P. and Prout, A (2002) ’Working with Ethical Symmetry in Social Research with Children,’ Childhood, 9(4): 477-97


Levels of involvement

Levels of Involvement

  • Tokenism

  • Consultation

  • Collaboration

  • Service User Controlled


Exemplar

Exemplar

  • NSPCC’s Young People’s Centres

  • CP system failing to meet needs of yp

  • Significant no. of yp tell no one of abuse

  • Current system in UK over-influenced by criminal justice system

  • One stop-shop


Research aims

Research Aims

  • Recruit up to 8 young co-researchers

  • Provide young co-researchers with a structured programme in understanding research and to develop skills in research practice

  • To develop research instruments with young co-researchers

  • Collect, analyse data and identify generalisable conclusions and issues for practice and policy

  • Produce a written report

  • Publicise findings


Perils

Perils

  • Legal Issues

  • Recruitment

  • Training

  • Writing Up

  • Expect the unexpected

  • Timescales and resources


Ethical considerations

Ethical Considerations

  • Exploitation

  • Use and Valuing of Work

  • Informed Consent

  • Child Protection

  • Confidentiality

  • Unanticipated risks

  • Ethics Committee


Potential

Potential

  • 5 YPC’s

  • Documentation

  • Semi-structured interviews with yp and staff

  • Staff focus group

  • Mystery shopper exercise


Potential 2

Potential 2

  • Reviewing progress, issues and ideas after each venue

  • Conference

  • Report

  • Meeting national managers

  • Action plan


Limitations

Limitations

  • Methodology

  • Knowledge generated

  • More researcher than service user

  • Outcome v process

  • Not for everyone


Final thoughts

Final Thoughts

  • Not a panacea

  • Preparation essential

  • Not ‘cheap’

  • Hard work

  • Fun

  • Adds Value to research process


Useful publications

Useful Publications

  • Fraser, S. Lewis, V. Ding, S. Kellet, M. and Robinson, C. (eds.) (2004) Doing Research with Children and Young People, London: Sage

  • Kirby, P. (2004) A Guide to Involving Young People as Researchers, Eastleigh: Involve , www.invo.org.uk

  • Lewis, A. and Lindsay, G. (eds.) (2000) Researching Children’s Perspectives, Buckingham: Open University Press

  • McLaughlin, H (2006) Understanding Social Work Research, London: Sage,

  • McLaughlin, H. (forthcoming) Involving Young Service Users as Co-researchers: Possibilities, benefits and costs, British Journal of Social Work.

  • McLaughlin, H. (2005) Young service users as co-researchers: methodological problems and possibilities; Qualitative Social Work, 4: (2) 211-228.

  • McLaughlin, H. et al. (2004) Willing Participants, Community Care, 17-23rd March, p36-7

  • Smith, R. Monaghan, M. and Broad, B. (2002) ‘Involving Young People as Co-Researchers’, Qualitative Social Work, 1 (2) 191-207


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