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A core component of Early Action System Change in Renfrewshire is co-design. We seek to work collaboratively with children, young people, families and communities to co-produce services that are needed, wanted and will likely make a difference.
Workshops, interviews and engagement activities are/have been carried out by the voluntary sector partners below.
The aims of these initial engagement activities have included:
· Better understanding of the drivers underpinning Early Action System Change priorities;
· Better understanding young people’s experiences and perception of the issues identified and;
· Better understanding young people experiences of existing service provision targeting the priorities
NEXT STEPS: OCTOBER 2019 AND ONWARDS
The next series of engagement activities will focus on using the insights gained from the workshops, evidence review and system mapping to co-design services with young people that improve emotional wellbeing and seek to prevent coercive control within adolescent relationships.
QUICK SNAPSHOT OF SOME ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
Emotional control within adolescent relationships
Workshops were carried out across secondaries in Renfrewshire to better understand the rates of coercive control in adolescent relationships.
It found that young people were able to identify and describe characteristics of what a healthy relationship might look like providing examples of kindness, trust and respect.
Further exploration however, revealed young people witnessing others behaving in controlling ways in relationships, and low levels of bystander intervention.
The workshop insights point to particular service development opportunities:
1. Young people to develop interpersonal skills needed for a bystander to safely intervene.
2. Young people to develop communication skills to report or ask for help in response to coercive control.
3. Young people to develop communication skills to refuse and resist controlling behaviour
4. Young people to develop healthier conflict resolution strategies within relationships.