Ward, Fiona; Powell, Katie; Thurston, Miranda (University of Chester, 2007-12)
The Children’s Fund was created in 2000 as part of the Government’s commitment to tackle disadvantage amongst children and young people. The aim of the Fund was to facilitate the development of more extensive and better co-ordinated early intervention services for children and young people aged 5 to 13 years who were at risk of social exclusion. Cheshire Children’s Fund, the local response to this national initiative, is guided by the Children’s Fund Partnership which is made up of representatives from local voluntary and statutory organisations. The aim of this research was to explore the impact of a number of projects which had received funding from the Cheshire Children’s Fund, specifically to learn how these projects had worked with children and families where there had been a positive outcome. The objectives of the research were to identify, for each child or family, the reasons for the provision of a service, the type of service that had been provided, and the impact that it had had on their lives. The research explored the factors that enabled a positive outcome for each family: the similarities and differences between the cases were also examined to determine whether any contributing factors were present across the services. The 11 projects were selected to cover a range of themes to reflect the breadth of the Children’s Fund work in Cheshire. They provided a range of services under the headings of crime prevention, promoting inclusion, success in schools and family support.
Perry, Catherine; Jones, Jenny; Thurston, Miranda (Chester College of Higher Education, 2000-12)
This report discusses and evaluates the work of Advice 4 Youth - in particular it seeks to develop effective and efficient systems for routine data collection, provide data on uptake of services by young people, analyse data to reveal a pattern of useage in relation to key variables, and assess the general progress of Advice 4 Youth.
Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Collier, Kevan (University of Chester, 2008-04)
A three year evaluation was built into the RESPECT bid in order that the individual, community and societal benefits of the programme could be quantified and evidenced. This report is part of the outcomes evaluation. Its focus is to explore and evidence the short and medium term impact of the Option One courses upon the young people who were allocated places during 2007.
This exploratory paper seeks, first, to offer some critical sociological comments on the common-sense, or rather ideological, claims surrounding two supposedly emerging 'crises': namely, the alleged poor health and declining sport and physical activity participation levels of young people. In this regard, it is suggested that while young people are, in fact, doing more sport and physical activity than at any other time in the past, this process has, and continues to, co-occur with other prominent social processes (e.g., rising levels of overweight, obesity and sedentariness). Second, the paper begins to make sense of this seemingly 'irreconcilable paradox' by arguing for the need to make use of a sociological perspective that views the complexity of young people's lives 'in the round' and by locating them within the particular social interdependencies or relationships in which they are inescapably involved.
Ward, Fiona; Collier, Kevan; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2007-06)
This project report discusses the development and delivery of the RESPECT project, a personal development programme run by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service for young people in Cheshire who are at risk of social exclusion.
Smith, Andy; Green, Ken; Roberts, Ken (SAGE, 2004)
There has been growing concern in recent years about the emergence of a supposed 'health crisis' - in the form of an 'obesity epidemic' - among young people, one of the maincauses of which, it is assumed, is their declining levels of involvement in sport and physical activity. This brief paper offers some critical comments on the taken-for-granted relationship between these two emergent 'crises' and argues that, in contrast to popular opinion, young people are, in fact, doing more sport and physical activity than at any other time in the past, but that this process has co-occurred, and continues to co-occur, with increasing levels of obesity and overweight. In order to begin to adequately explain these co-occurring processes, it is argued that we need to examine young people's lives in their total context, while noting, in particular, the continuing significance of broader social processes and the networks of relationships in which they are involved.
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