Thank you for your interest in taking part in this Peer Action Collective research project with High Trees, Juvenis, Spiral Skills, IRMO, MLCE and St Matthew’s Project. This sheet tells you more about the project.
What is the Peer Action Collective?
The Peer Action Collective is a £5.2 million programme, which aims to give young people the chance to make their communities safer, fairer places to live. It is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund, the #iwill Fund (a joint investment between The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and the Co-op Group.
All too often, young people who experience violence aren’t heard. The PAC a ground-breaking network of peer researchers. That means that young people will be in charge of asking questions and finding out what needs to happen to make their area a better place for to live. But it’s about more than learning about what needs to change. Being part of the PAC means young people will get support to take their research and turn it into action.
Who are the Delivery Partners?
High Trees along with Juvenis, Spiral Skills, IRMO, MLCE and St Matthew’s Project have been selected as one of the Delivery Partners on the project, leading the London region. Together we make up the Lambeth PAC partnership. Together we bring over 100 years collective experience of delivering youth services in Lambeth.
What is this project about?
Our Peer Researchers will listen to young people aged 10-19 across Lambeth on a range of issues including the role of living conditions, in and around social housing estates, in Lambeth, on levels of youth violence. The research collected from this project will be collated and presented to provide organisations and stakeholders with insights to inform service delivery and policy. In turn, we aim for these young people to become Gamechangers, supporting them to take social action on issues that are important to them, through key themes identified in the research driving change in their communities developed for this project.
Research Participant Information
Lambeth PAC would like to ask you to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand what the study is about and what will happen to you if you take part. Please read this information carefully and ask us about anything that you do not understand.
What is the study for?
The study is being done by young people like you who want to find out about what needs to happen to make our area a better place to live. We will listen to you and use the things we hear from you about what needs to change to take action.
What will happen if I take part?
· We will ask you to tell us how you feel by asking you some questions. The interview will last for 45 minutes and can take place on a day and at a time that is convenient for you.
· We may run an activity with you and other children/young people to find out what’s important to you
· This research is a space for conversation and sharing insights; we are not looking for any answers and are just interested in views and experiences.
· Our conversation will be recorded through a specialist and secure app we have on our work phones (‘Fatima’).
What are the benefits of taking part?
By taking part in this research, you will be contributing to research that will have an important influence on government, policymakers and funders, on issues that directly affect young people. You will also be helping local young people to create change in our area.
Are there any risks to taking part?
All research interviews are designed to be delivered in an environment the young person knows and trust and no young person will be asked to discuss anything they do not feel comfortable discussing. We realise that some of the topic discussed in the research may be challenging for some young people and within this project have the necessary therapeutic support available if this is a concern. If you have any concerns after taking part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will my involvement be confidential?
The only people who will know that you have taken part are your peer-researcher, your host organisation (the youth service you attend within the Lambeth PAC partnership organisations) and High Trees as lead partner. As this is a national programme, it will be possible for staff at The Young Foundation, a UK charity, to see who has taken part, as they are helping us with the research and analysis. The Youth Endowment Fund will also have access to this information. The Young Foundation and Youth Endowment Fund will only use this data for administrative and research purposes.
Everything you say will be confidential and only used for research purposes. The exception is if you tell us something which we required by law to share with others, or if you tell us something that suggests you or someone else is at risk of harm. Our safeguarding lead will tell you if we need to do this.
How will you use my data?
What you tell us will be analysed with information from other people who take part in the research. Before your data is used we will make sure it doesn’t contain anything that could identify you personally. The data will be used to create public reports and presentations, and in other ways of sharing with people what we have learned. We may include quotes but these will never identify you. Anonymised data will also be shared with the funders and other partners of this project.
Your personal details, such as name and contact details, will be kept for up to four years. Only the Youth Endowment Fund and High Trees will have access to this. The Youth Endowment Fund will use the data to create further reports through further analysis of the data once the programme has concluded. All other copies of your information will be destroyed at the end of the programme in December 2022.
What if I change my mind?
You can change your mind about taking part at any point, including during the research. You do not need to give a reason. You can also change your mind about having your data used for up to two weeks after the research. After this time your data will be in the analysis, and it may not be possible to remove it. You can contact your peer researcher or email@example.com
Who can I ask about this?
Your mum or dad, or carer have been given lots of information about the project, you can talk to them and they can help you decide if you want to take part, remember you do not have to take part. You can also talk to delivery partner contact if you have any questions.
Who shall I ask if I have any questions?
If you have any questions please contact Graham Weston, Community Action Manager- firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for taking the time to read this form!