Youth voices: Reflections from young people about communication in youth justice settings
This workshop will explore themes that emerged from in-depth interviews with young people on their experiences of communicating in youth justice contexts.
Adults need to create effective ways for young people to have their say and actively participate in discussions, and complex information needs to be clearly communicated to young people. The stakes can be high if communication breaks down in the talk-based services that are integral to many justice and rehabilitation processes. Communication breakdowns can be frequent, particularly when young people experience speech, language and communication difficulties. These difficulties are common for those involved with youth justice, behaviour, mental health and care and protection agencies, and difficulties often go undetected.
Listening to children and young people are central goals for many organisations and young people's views provide the workforce with useful insights and suggestions for improving communication.