19 May Young people’s experiences of relationships with staff in the Children and Young People’s Secure Estate in England
Young people's experiences of relationships with staff in the Children and Young People’s Secure Estate in England
Individual presentation90Sophie D'Souza, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, United Kingdom; Rebecca Lane, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, United Kingdom
Room 4AThu 14:00 - 15:30
Objectives: This qualitative study aims to examine the experiences custody and relationships with staff amongst young people in five secure sites in the Children and Young People’s Secure Estate (CYPSE) in England. Despite relationships with staff being significant to young people’s overall experience in secure settings, little is known about them. Our primary question: what are young people’s experiences of their relationships with staff in secure settings? We aim to understand more about young people’s feelings of being understood by staff, trust, communication and the impact of the culture of secure settings. Design: In this cross-sectional study, we are using qualitative data from young people placed in secure settings on youth justice and/or welfare grounds. Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 young people in two Secure Children’s Homes, one Secure Training Centre and two Young Offender Institutions. In the next quarter, we will be analysing this data thematically to understand the nature of young people’s relationships with staff and experience of the culture of the secure estate. Results: Data collection will end for the current research in January 2020. Thematic analysis will follow this period. Conclusions: This study aims to understand the experiences of young people in CYPSE in England focusing on relationships with staff during the placement and their observations of the culture of the CYPSE. One limitation is that different young people may be interviewed over the course of the study and so individual differences over time may not be identified.