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Improving responses to serious youth violence: The Oldham Youth Now project

Last updated: 06 Aug 2021

The Youth Now project was a two-year pilot project using contextual approaches to improve responses to increasing levels of youth violence in the Oldham area of Greater Manchester. The project was based within the Youth Justice team of the voluntary sector organisation ‘Positive Steps’ in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and Oldham Council.

Paula Skidmore, Senior Research Fellow in the Contextual Safeguarding team, worked as an embedded researcher with Youth Now, to support the pilot to establish and sustain local Contextual Safeguarding approaches to extra-familial harm around serious youth violence.

The resources below were co-developed by Paula and practitioners from the Youth Now team to share learning from the project.

School Safety Audit tools

School Safety Audit

School Safety Audit

2021-08-05

This tool outlines the whole process of building the work with one secondary school. To carry out a full School Safety Audit you would need to use all tools related to this process in conjunction with each other.

Student focus group guide

Student focus group guide

2021-08-05

This guides outlines the student focus group work with one secondary school as part of the School Safety Audit process.

Student focus group informed consent sheet

Student focus group informed consent sheet

2021-08-05

An example consent sheet for student focus group work with one secondary school used as part of the School Safety Audit pilot.

Building community guardianship around a secondary school

Building community guardianship around a secondary school

2021-08-05

This tool outlines how to build community guardianship connected one secondary school as part of a School Safety Audit.

Other resources

Youth Now Community Implementation Tool

Youth Now Community Implementation Tool

2021-08-05

This flowchart was created by the 'Youth Now' team to capture how they planned a contextual intervention to bring together key providers around a joint offer for young people and increase community guardianship.

Using observational information with a visual record

Using observational information with a visual record

2021-08-05

This case study shares how the Youth Now team have taken photographs to inform observational assessments in numerous locations within Oldham where safeguarding concerns were identified.

Youth Now ‘peer mentoring’ approach to support Contextual Safeguarding

Youth Now ‘peer mentoring’ approach to support Contextual Safeguarding

2021-08-05

One of the Youth Now mentors describes how they use a Contextual Safeguarding approach in their mentoring within community settings and schools, and how that has developed over time.



Bringing context into your team

Bringing context into your team

2021-08-05

This infographic describes how, over the course of the project, the Youth Now team changed its organisational structure to enable a clearer focus on cross-cutting issues related to Contextual Safeguarding.

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