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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. Range and quality of data enhanced YP speak a common language

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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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