New and Innovative forms of Youth Participation

The way young people are relating to public institutions is change. Voter turnout is falling, party membership is dropping and trust in public bodies is low.  But since a land mark LSE study the idea that this is caused by a lack of interests in politics amongst young people has been put to rest. Instead it's clear that young people are very interested in shaping the world around them ...its just the way they want to engage in public debate, and with political discourse has shifted.  

Since then, a zeitgeist has developed across Europe to find innovative new ways for young people to participate ...but that means is unclear...and is a social shift amongst young people the same thing as the development of innovative forms of practice by participation workers?

A study into this area was recently commission by the Council of Europe Youth Department, and Undertaken by Dan Moxon, PDC's director, along with Anne Crowley from Red Kite Consultancy.

Within this piece of work, which surveyed over 300 participants from across the Europe, we examine notions of what innovation within youth participation really means, and look for examples of innovation within the sector.  You can read the full report here

PDC providing research support to the EU presidency

People Dialogue and Change has been appointed to provide research support to Estonian, Austrian and Bulgarian EU presidencies.

The work, which will be carried out by our director, Dan Moxon, is based on supporting the 6th Cycle of Structured Dialogue  - an 18 month mechanism to enable young people to influence the 2018 EU Youth Policy.  This process involves three conferences over a period of 18 months and an EU wide youth consultation.

Dan's role will be to work with the conference facilitators to design a research style process for gathering information on priority topics to young people. Following on from this the work will then involve designing the consultation questions and methodological tools to conduct the youth consultation.The consultation itself will be conducted in each of the EU member states and is expected to receive between 60 -70,000 responses.

Dan has undertakes this role as part of his recent appointment to the EU - Council of Europe Youth Partnership pool of youth researchers alongside colleague Ondřej Bárta

You can watch a video about the 2015 conferences below:

oh Vienna....

This week, Ed Moss,  our new associate and PDC director Dan Moxon are heading to Vienna to delivery the European Patient Forums Youth Advocacy Programme.  This project involves training 40 young people from patient advocacy organisations across Europe in the field of rights, discrimination and leadership over a three day course in Vienna

As part of the project Ed has developed an online support strategy which enables the young advocates to receive online peer to peer support , coaching and mentoring following on from the course.  Over the coming months each advocate will implement their own advocacy project, reporting their progress back to our slack based digital hub and working with other advocates to overcome challenges and report successes.

But first , we need to get the train to Vienna.....

Join the Collaborate Project

The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation is looking for young people (aged 11-18) to join Collaborate. 

Collaborate is a group of young people and adults who work together to find out and share new ideas about how to improve the lives of children and young people, and to help children and young people influence the world around them.Young or old everyone in the group works together as equals and everyone's voice is listened to and respected.Together they:
  • Explore how children and young people's voices can be heard
  • Create a series of event at UCLan with expert speakers
  • Publish and present their findings to create change
The project runs from August 2017 to May 2018. We meet around once per month at The University of Central Lancashire, Preston and help with transport can be provided.  You can download the flyer here

The Impact of Independent Advocacy

UCLAN and NCB's research sits alongside a
wider piece of work by The OCC into
advocacy for children and young people (above) 
PDC's Director Dan Moxon, has recently been part of a research team looking at the outcomes and impact of independent advocacy at The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau Research Centre. The research was undertaken following a commission from the Office of the Children's Commissioner as part of a wider project looking at the role and function of advocacy for children and young people. 

The research looked specifically at the impact and outcomes of independent advocacy for children and young people.  It found that outcomes were complex and varied, including increased confidence among young people and positive changes in the way services were provided.  The researchers suggested some ways in which these different outcomes could be captured.

Professor Nigel Thomas of the University of Central Lancashire, who led the research, commented:

“Our research showed the immense value of independent advocacy in producing a wide range of short and long term outcomes, empowering children and young people and leading to improvements in services. We hope that providers will be able to use our work to increase the quality and consistency of independent advocacy for all children, and to evaluate and demonstrate the outcomes and impact of their work.

View the report here