Using Photography to Capture Young People’s Views About Community and Local Service Delivery

Savuro, Nikkola, Gair, Susan, Braidwood, Lilli, D'Emden, Cindy, O'Reilly, Sara, Walsh, Emma, and Zuchowski, Ines (2021) Using Photography to Capture Young People’s Views About Community and Local Service Delivery. Australian Social Work, 75 (3). pp. 331-343.

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Abstract

Youth offending has received significant attention in recent years in Queensland and across Australia. While the voices of young people who are offending or at risk of offending are evident in some studies, other reports do not identify them as key stakeholders. A recent university–industry research collaboration sought to prioritise the voices of young people engaging with The Lighthouse, a diversionary service within Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Heath Services (TAIHS), through the use of qualitative, photovoice methods. The primary aim of this photovoice project was to capture the perceptions and needs of young people currently at risk of offending in order to help shape local service delivery. A thematic analysis enabled the identification of four key themes. Participants felt unsafe and under surveillance in public spaces; they wanted more amenities where they could enjoy being in the community with their peers; they reported that peers and family were very important to them; and they appreciated services on offer at The Lighthouse and acknowledged these services supported behavioural change. The findings provide a unique contribution to policy and service delivery focused on young people at risk of offending and to the literature on the use of photovoice methodologies.

Item ID: 72459
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: At-risk Young People, Photovoice Methods, Photography, Research Collaborations, Research-informed Practice, Juvenile Justice, Innovation, Policy, Youth Offending
Copyright Information: © 2021 Australian Association of Social Workers.
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 07:37
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community > 450523 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work and social justice @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440901 Clinical social work practice @ 60%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs @ 50%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services > 210102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development and wellbeing @ 50%
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