Youth Safety on Public Transport

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This is a youth-led investigation into young people's reporting preferences when faced with intimidating behaviour on their bus journeys home from school. This piece of research is a follow up to research carried out by the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to the London Serious Youth Violence Board into the causes of youth violence between the hours of 3pm and 6pm on buses and at transport hubs. The research was undertaken in 2010 / 2011.


The impetus for this research therefore came from the YAB's finding that young people are reluctant to talk about incidents that make them feel unsafe on their journeys home from school. This project aims to disclose the barriers young people feel are preventing them from talking about such incidents, and the types of mechanisms that they would prefer to use in order to tell responsible adults about intimidating behaviour after school hours, on the bus home. By encouraging young people to talk more about their experiences on their journeys home from school and to seek advice from appropriate adults it is likely that they will in turn feel safer and more positive about using public transport. 

Over the past 9 months, a group of volunteers at IARS have worked on a research project investigating the issue of underreporting of crime and antisocial behaviour amongst young people on London buses and transport hubs after school hours.

The group received training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and together with feedback from Safer Transport Command designed a questionnaire directed at young people.

The volunteers used their own contacts and attended outreach activities at schools across six London boroughs to disseminate questionnaires to around 450 school aged young people. With the help of the volunteers, all of these responses have now been entered into a database and we are about to commence analysing the data.

A report of the findings will be written by the end of March 2012.

 This project is funded by the Safer Transport Command and the Big Lottery Fund.