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Call for evidence, research and evaluation: Detached youth work

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Partnership for Young London are funding a literature review focused on detached youth work. We will review both academic literature and ‘grey literature’ (e.g. evaluation or research reports published by youth organisations) from the past 20 years.

Specifically, the literature review will focus on the following research questions:

1. What is the impact of detached youth work?

· What is the role of detached youth work in contributing to positive outcomes for young people?

· How is this similar or different to other types of youth work?

2. What factors contribute to high quality detached youth work?

· What are the ‘success factors’ related to the impact of detached youth work?

· What are the key features of high-quality detached youth work?

· What hinders detached youth work?

3. What role has detached youth work played during the Covid-19 pandemic?

· What have been the challenges with delivering detached youth work during the pandemic?

· What is the key learning that can be taken from experiences of delivering detached youth work through the pandemic?

4. What methods have been used to evaluate detached youth work?

· What are the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches?

We will mainly focus on research and evaluation from the UK but will consider international evidence that addresses our research questions.

If there are any articles or reports that you think should be included in this review, or if you have any questions, please send them to The review is being led by Kelly Bradshaw-Walsh and is funded though the Cornerstone Fund.

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