Abstracts: September 10th, 2002

By Vicki CombeResearch by the Institute for Public Policy Research, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that four out of five local authorities don’t have a strategy in place for involving young people in decision making. The report contains advice and guidance on how best to involve young people in their decision-making structures, with best practice examples from six authorities used as case studies. It is argued that engaging young people in decision-making is a tangible way of tackling the apathy that they are often accused of. The report shows that local authorities can be imaginative about involving young people if they are prepared to commit the time and resources. It notes that some councils are doing better than others. The report is intended to get those responsible to think through the best strategies and approaches for engaging young people and offers practical advice and ideas including ten key recommendations.

A summary of findings is available at http://www.jrf.org.uk

The full report is published by the National Youth Agency ISBN 0 86155 273 3, price 12.95 pounds.