Sheehy, Kieron and Kumrai, Rajni
The Upstream Research Project: Evaluation Report of the experiences of young people using the Connexions Service in Milton Keynes.
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One of the main challenges facing services working with young people across voluntary and statutory sectors is to respond to the specific needs of young people from a range of social, educational and ethnic backgrounds and to provide provision at critical stages of their development. Finding out what influences young people to enter or not to enter education, training and employment is one such challenge for service providers who work with children and young people and their communities.
This challenge was identified by the service providers of three key agencies in Milton Keynes: the Sure Start local programme, The Children’s Fund and the Connexions Service, Milton Keynes. They discussed issues around how best these services could offer support to young people and their families/carers. One of the ideas was to find out more about young peoples experiences, from the young people themselves through a research project. The concept was to access young people who were in education, training or employment and those that were not through the Connexions Service and to find out about their own experiences and aspirations. This information would then provide a picture of what measures the three services could undertake in providing a more integrated service to responding to young people in their locality.
With funding from Connexions MKOB, the Upstream Research Project was developed in partnership with The Open University. This evaluation report identifies a number of themes and issues which have emerged from this pilot project.
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