Criminal Care? · 5 Mar 2019
Listening to young people
A key part of our programme of work is hearing from young people themselves. My colleague Claire has so far conducted ten in-depth interviews with children and young people and we have met many more as we hold meetings around the country. The views of these young people inform everything we do and have helped us gain a real understanding of the routes to criminalisation that can develop from experience of living in residential care.
Our last briefing, ‘This is our story: children and young people on criminalisation in residential care’, told the anonymised stories of four of the children and young people we have interviewed. We have also provided platforms for young people to speak about their experiences at events, and on occasion to the media.
One of the most effective ways of hearing from children and young people in their own words has been this blog. There have been guest blogs by young people, such as this one, as well as posts which explore policy issues and feature direct testimony from young people, such as this one on going missing from care. These sit alongside other excellent guest posts from academics and practitioners but it is usually the posts from young people which excite the most interest from our readers.
The views of young people inform everything we do
Last month a staff member from the Howard League accompanied Ella Dhillon, who has guest blogged for us in the past – see, for example, this post – to Social Media Exchange 2019, a training event organised by ‘digital storytelling’ consultancy sounddelivery. You can watch Ella talking about her experiences of the day and why she thinks enabling young people to tell their own stories is important by watching this clip from Twitter.