Peer research with young people leaving care: reflections from research in England, Northern Ireland and Argentina

Berni Kelly, Jo Dixon, Maria Incarnato

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Abstract

This chapter draws on the experiences of three care leaver studies from England, Northern Ireland and Argentina, which were each underpinned by a participatory methodology. It considers the experience and impact of utilizing peer research (PR) approaches, outlining the processes of recruiting, training and supporting care leavers to become peer researchers. Benefits for the personal and professional development of peer researchers and for participant recruitment and quality of data are reported. The chapter considers the balance between the additional support and costs of PR with the added value to the study. Lessons for successful PR in care leaver studies are identified, including comprehensive training, practical assistance, assessment of risk, opportunities to co-interview, emotional support and ethical guidance. The continued role of peer researchers during data analysis and dissemination is also highlighted in order to facilitate their engagement with policy makers and service providers, and involvement in research impact activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung people transitioning from out-of-home care: international research, policy and practice
EditorsPhilip Mendes, Pamela Snow
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages221-240
ISBN (Electronic)9781137556394
ISBN (Print)9781137556387, 9781349717620
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Oct 2016

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