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NYAS work with students from across the country who are willing to explore issues affecting care-experienced young people as part of their studies. Their research often gives an insight into particular topics that can be of great use to NYAS and other partners.

The two research projects below were facilitated by Interchange; a registered charity who connect VCOs who require research to be undertaken, with students in higher education looking for research project opportunities (Interchange, 2019). The project was undertaken by undergraduate students from the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with NYAS.

April 2019

Student Research report to explore the child’s journey through the contact service, considering the significance of the child’s voice throughout the process.

The project evaluated the impact of the voice of the child at the beginning, middle, and end of their contact journey, to uncover any barriers preventing the child from being heard.

Undergraduate student Hannah Nicholas concluded from her research that NYAS play a fundamental role in facilitating contact where there has been family separation and there is adequate opportunity for the child’s voice to be heard in the early stages of contact.

Read the full report here

Student Research report on Care Leavers Policy transition from children’s to adult services

Penny Rimmer, was one of the university students who took part in the NYAS Interchange project with the University of Liverpool and was tasked to carry out research to establish the level of support currently available to care leavers against the level of demand from care leavers. 

Penny summarises some of the challenges and opportunities currently out there for young people leaving the care system. Penny concluded that local authorities are struggling to cope with providing services that offer individually centred care and support to young care leavers and those transitioning to adult services.

Read the full report here

If you are a student and think that your research could have a place here, please get in touch with Ben Twomey, our Head of Policy and Research at ben.twomey@nyas.net