Final What’s Your Story? report published

What’s Your Story? is the final report of a major consultation with 582 excluded young people between the age of 12 and 27 undertaken by User Voice. It sets out their recommendations including the proposal for a new organisation led and staffed by ex-offenders aimed at helping young offenders into work. The final report came...
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Call for ban on painful restraint for children

A new report published today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC), and based on research conducted by User Voice, highlights young people’s experience of restraint in secure juvenile settings. The report says international standards must be used as a benchmark for the safe use of restraint in the secure juvenile estate when required...
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New microsite launched

User Voice has today launched a new microsite dedicated to the Excluded Youth project. This nationwide engagement project reached nearly 600 young people in 6 months ending in a final event with senior policy makers in Parliament. There was too much information gathered to include in the final report, including videos, music, pictures and case...
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Maidstone Prison Council election results

On 8 February staff and prisoners had the opportunity to vote for one of the 4 parties in their new Prison Council. After months of training for prospective Council members and canvassing staff and prisoners, including the party spokesmen delivering speeches to the full staff meeting, it all came down to election day. During the...
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Excluded Youth Project ends in Parliament

What’s Your Story We have engaged around 1000 excluded young people about the reality of their experiences. Over 600 have completed in-depth questionnaires with over 300 taking part in 22 discussion focus groups. 30 were voted in by their peers to speak to senior policy makers, politicians, business leaders and funders at an event on...
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We have officially launched!

On Wednesday 26th May in Portcullis House, Westminster and hosted by Keith Vaz MP and Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, User Voice held its official launch event! In the last year User Voice has concentrated on piloting a number of innovative projects and so the aim of the event was to explain the work...
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Prison Councils showcased as best practice in new report

The New Economics Foundation and Nesta published today their report on co-production, Public Services Inside Out. It provides examples that represent a radical new approach to public services. They embody what has come to be known as ‘co-production’: public services that rest on an equal and reciprocal relationship between professionals, people using services, their families...
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