University Manchester Metropolitan University
KTP Associate Anna Jones
Positive Steps in Oldham, Manchester is a registered charity providing a range of targeted and integrated services to young people. The KTP concentrated on the youth justice services provided by Positive Steps, and those of the wider Greater Manchester Youth Justice Service (GMYJS). The project’s aim was to help prevent offending and reduce re-offending rates amongst young people across Greater Manchester.
The KTP developed novel research approaches to actively engage justice-involved young people in service design and delivery. Using Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) – young people co-created a new framework of youth justice practice.
The KTP enabled the GMYJS to create research capacity and delivered knowledge transfer activities related to a new model of youth justice, based around research informed participation and inclusion practices.
The KTP outcomes:
“Young people in the criminal justice system are rarely given a voice in decisions made about them. Our Knowledge Transfer Partnership enabled the creation of a positive new approach which takes account of the difficult circumstances a lot of young people find themselves in. We developed a new framework of practice in Greater Manchester – the first of its kind in the UK to be co-created with young people based on their lived experiences. The framework has increased young people’s engagement rates with youth justice services across the Greater Manchester region. ” Professor Hannah Smithson, Academic Lead on KTP, Manchester Metropolitan University
This partnership was a finalist in the Societal Impact category of the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2019, supported by UKRI.
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