Chilypep are always involving young people in Peer Research and Consultation activity, as this informs the priorities of the organisation, defines the agendas for our young people’s groups, and informs and supports local and national policy and strategic developments.

Young people design and deliver research projects to explore the needs of young people in their local areas or about issues and views of young people across communities of interest and belonging. They then present their findings to decision makers and service providers and we support them to have their views and ideas listened to and acted upon. Young researchers then have the option to become a Youth Forum or Action group, to develop their own projects to respond to the needs and views identified. Our VOYCE, STAMP and AVA projects were all developed as a result of Peer Research and Consultation, and the Sheffield City strategies for Young Carers and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing were informed by the results of these.

How it works

  • We train young people in research and consultation skills
  • Young people identify what they want to find out and what methods they will use, then design the project
  • We talk to relevant decision makers, service providers or other relevant organisations and bodies to secure their involvement and willingness to work with the young people
  • Young people carry out research or consultation across the area in schools, youth groups, and on the streets, or wherever they can find young people
  • They then collate their findings and identify key issues, views and ideas
  • The findings are presented by young people at a conferences, events and meetings, and to relevant organisations and decision makers, who are invited to work with the young people to develop solutions and responses.

What Children and Young People get

  • Opportunity to influence decision makers and change their communities in ways that young people would like
  • Skills in research and consultation techniques
  • ASDAN accreditation
  • Confidence building
  • Understanding of representation and an opportunity to represent other young people
  • FUN!

What adults get

  • Accurate information on the views and priorities of children and young people in their areas
  • Opportunity to build responsive services that meet the needs of young people
  • Representative group of young people to work with.

Outcomes

  • Local research and consultation findings that identify the needs, views and priorities of children and young people that can be used to develop and deliver more appropriate services
  • Empowered young people willing to represent and work on behalf of others to improve the lives of children and young people.