The 2018 Youth CEO Group decided to research young people in YAP and their experience of Social Services. All young people on the intensive support programme have a dedicated social worker and they identified that this experience was something that all the young people had in common regardless of their individual perspectives. Here is why they chose this topic:
The Youth CEO group decided that we wanted to talk to young people on the YAP programme to find out about their experiences of engaging with the social work system. The majority of YAP’s referrals come from Tusla, so many of the young people on the YAP programme have experience of dealing with social workers and social work. We wanted to know what young people thought of social work, what their relationships were like with their social workers, and how things could be made to work better. We felt that as we were the same age as the young people we’d be talking to and that we have similar experiences of social work, that they would feel comfortable talking to us in a way they would not with adults or people who haven’t been there.