Voice, Inclusion, Participation, Empowerment, Research -
Developing the Participation of Young Disabled People
'VIPER' is a three year research project that is exploring the most effective ways of enabling the participation of disabled children and young people in the development of services in England.
Funded by the National Lottery through Big Lottery Fund, the project is being led by a consortium of NCB Research, The Council for Disabled Children (CDC), the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), and the Children’s Society.
Project Aim and Objectives
The aim of the project is to improve services used by young disabled people in England.
To map the ways in which young disabled people are currently involved in decisions about strategic and operational issues by services;
To explore the impacts and benefits of young disabled people’s participation and understand the barriers to effectively involving them in decisions;
To identify good practice and to understand, from the perspectives of young disabled people and services, what works in supporting their participation;
To develop tools and good practice guidance with young disabled people to support participation in decisions about services.
This project involves disabled children and young people by asking them what they think and by having disabled children and young people working with us as young researchers.
Allfie’s role in the research is to support the group of young disabled people recruited to the project as young researchers. We currently have 13 young researchers aged 11-21 from across England involved in the project by the end of the project we aim to have involved 20 young disabled people.
If you are interested in knowing more about the project please email Zara Todd or call her on 0207 737 6030. Or you can download the information below.
The research project produces a quarterly e-bulletin with key project news and updates for policy makers, practitioners, researchers or anyone else interested in the participation of young disabled people. To sign up to the e-bulletin please email Peter Hardy with your contact details.