Manchester Metropolitan University

Participatory Youth Practice (PYP)

Participatory Youth Practice (PYP) is an evidence-based, research-informed framework of youth justice practice, developed through co-creation and participatory research with young people in Greater Manchester. It uses young people’s lived experiences, supported by academic theory and research evidence, to formulate a new approach to youth justice.

The participatory youth practice framework uses young people’s lived experiences, supported by academic theory and research evidence, to suggest a new approach to youth justice.We have co-created eight youth-led principles with young people themselves, which then inform our practitioner resources and session guides.

 

 

Youth-led principles

Participatory Youth Practice is based on a set of eight theoretically-framed principles for youth justice practice that were co-created with young people.

These are…

 

Our eight youth-led principles of youth justice practice, explained in the words of young people themselves through their creative lyric writing and presented in a creative and engaging video.

 

See our video, here (please note that the video contains strong language)…

Engagement framework

This engagement framework consists of a series of session guides designed to help practitioners put the theory of Participatory Youth Practice into their sessions with young people.

The session guides are underpinned by the youth-led principles, providing practical advice and tips for working with young people in a youth justice setting.

Each resource can be downloaded and used to support a session.‌

 

1. Let them participate:

Download our explanation of why participation is important here

1.1 Understanding what's happening

1.2 What is participation

2. Always unpick why:

Download our explanation of the importance of unpicking why here

2.1 Understanding the benefits of offending

3. Acknowledge limited life chances:

Download our explantion of why acknowledging young people's life chances is so important here

3.1. Identifyng disadvantage

3.2 Life chances in adolescence

4. Try to avoid threats and sanctions:

Download our explanation of the importance of avoiding threats and sanctions here

4.1 Making interventions effective

5. Help problem solve:

Download our explanation of the importance and value of problem solving here

5.1 Problem solving action plan

6. Help them find better options:

Download our explanation of the importance of finding better options here

6.1 Personal choice & independence

6.2 Life skills & coping

7. Develop their ambitions:

Download our explanation of why developing young people's ambitions is important here

7.1 Positive goals & ambitions

7.2 Social identity

7.3 Nurturing creativity

7.4 Happiness & meaning

8. Remember that ultimately, it’s their choice:

Download our explanation of the importance of remembering and recognising the importance of young people choosing for themselves here

8.1 Supporting desistance journeys

Out-of-court framework

This out-of-court framework is underpinned by our youth-led principles, taking a problem-solving approach to out-of-court work in a youth justice setting.

The out-of-court practitioner resource can be downloaded below:

Download our pre-court resource

Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership