The results from research carried out by the IARS based Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to the Serious Youth Violence Board (SYVB) into youth violence at transport hubs and on buses after school hours is due to be published in IARS’ forthcoming journal. IARS have coordinated the YAB’s research over the last year and preliminary findings from their research have been released.

Fieldwork for the investigation was carried out at Elephant and Castle and in West Croydon with the support of the Safer Transport Command and the Metropolitan Police Service. Stakeholders and young people were interviewed and young people responded to questionnaires in both hubs; all fieldwork was conducted by the young members of the YAB. Full details of the YAB’s activities can be found by here.

Preliminary findings from the research highlight that young people tend to feel safer at bus stations rather than on buses, despite violent incidents on buses seeming to be far less frequent than such incidents at bus stations. The research highlighted that concerns around safety are more prominent amongst young people under the age of 14 who are also more likely to change their route home if they have negative experiences that impact on their sense of safety. Findings relating to policing strategies highlighted the importance of frontline staff communicating appropriately with young people and understanding their diverse backgrounds. Research results also drew attention to the importance of joint working with parents and carers and strong and consistent relationships with local schools.

The full report will be available in the next edition of the Youth Voice Journal.