Young People and Community

Experiences of Anti-Social Behaviour and Bullying of Young People travelling to school: A European Perspective 2009 - 2011 (Stephen Moore, Principal Investigator)

This is a two year research project funded by the European Commission and compares the victimisation of secondary school students travelling to and from school in cities in seven European countries. Despite a large number of research studies having been carried out on the subject of in-school bullying, there have been very few studies of the experiences of young people in the times outside school. The evidence which is available suggests that there are serious issues regarding crime and anti-social behaviour which many young people face on their way to and from school. The aim of the project is to gather evidence of the extent of the problem and to develop ways of supporting the victims of anti-social behaviour. The research work involves a large scale, online questionnaire, discussion groups and interviews.

The process of transition from residential public childcare to independent living (Roxana Anghel, PhD)

This study has explored the process of transition from public care to independent living experienced by Romanian young people with long-term residential care career. Through a qualitative tracking case study design the research explored the factors supporting or hindering this process. Using William Bridges' transition model, and the concept of risks and protective factors derived from resilience theory, the study found that while the transition from post-communist to Western-type childcare policy and practice has contributed to the young people being poorly prepared for independent living, the transition from care was supported by opportunities for experiential learning and by the availability of (mainly informal) networks of support.