Young Research Advisers
Our Young Research Advisers (YRAs) are aged between 12 to 21 going up to 25 for disabled young people. We offer them training in research methods for them to help us plan, design and deliver our research projects.
- Developing research questions and objectives
- Engaging young people as research participants
- Collecting information in ways which are age-appropriate
- Analysing, interpreting and writing up research findings from the perspective of young people.
We also liaise with youth sector and parent interest groups to recruit young people or parents/carers with particular sets of experiences or needs.
Find out about how the YRAs work on a range of social issues by watch this video:
The YRAs work with on a wide range of different projects about health and social care.
In 2017, the YRAs have published an animation about what data tells us about young people making the transistion to adult health services.
In 2016, they've been involved in projects about NHS services for children and young people with diabetes and new research studies about counselling in schools and admissions of young people to hospital following an injury related to violence, self-harm, alcohol or drug use.
In November 2015, the YRAs helped to organise a conference called ‘Growing up Happy in England’ hosted by CPRU. As well as attending on the day and chairing and taking part in discussions, the YRAs produced a series of film clips on the subject of well-being and happiness. Take a look at one of the films below.
Watch the other film clips on NCB's YouTube channel.
Families Research Advisory Group
We also support a Families Research Advisory Group (FRAG) of around 8–10 parents and carers to help us with our research activities.
Like our YRAs, the group meets in London every six months and is consulted via email and webinars. Some FRAG members sit on project expert advisory or steering groups for specific research studies.
Sounds interesting? Join us!
Being a YRA or member of FRAG is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It gives you the chance to share your views and concerns and see how your involvement is driving real change in services for children and young people.