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Project information

Youth Advisory Board: Safer Transport Project

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) provides a solution to public bodies that struggle to gather intelligence on serious youth violence from young people. The YAB have been specially trained to advise public authorities around crime reduction through youth-led, evidence based recommendations.

April 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: The IARS International Institute

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  • Need


    Anti-social behaviour and involvement in crime amongst young people on public transport is a significant problem in London. Confrontations amongst young people on public transport can make other passengers, including other young people feel uncomfortable, and even unsafe. Whilst young people have historically been excluded from informing policy and practice on such matters, the YAB places young people at the centre of those robust research projects to find a solution to this problem.


    Over a 12 month period the YAB will carry out a youth-led research project with the guidance, support and training from IARS. Findings from the YAB's research will generate an evidence base for the Safer Transport Command and Transport for London that will inform their crime prevention strategies, and increase their capacity to prevent and better manage youth crime on the transport network. In this way the YAB will play a crucial role in driving forward solutions to youth violence in London.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Generate an evidence base for STC and TFL to inform their crime prevention strategies


    » Through youth-led research the YAB will generate practical, evidence based recommendations to address youth violence on public transport.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the YAB's findings being turned into tangible recommendations and tool kits that are braodly rolled out across the capital.

    Aim 2

    Provide young people’s opinions on STC/TFL initiatives


    » The YAB's research will highlight the wider views of young Londoners with regards to current initiatives for preventing violence on public transport

    What success will look like

    Success will be practical changes being made to STC and TFL crime prevention strategies, based on YAB recommendations that make a real change to young people's lives.

    Aim 3

    Increase capacity of STC and TFL to prevent and better manage youth crime on the transport network


    » By drawing on the genuine views of young Londoners the STC and TFL's will be able to better use their resources to tackle youth violence in London

    What success will look like

    Success will be the STC and TFL gaining a genuine insight into young people's perception of initiatives they have in place and are able to make imrpovements to them based on this.

    Aim 4

    Create a model of youth engagement for STC and TFL to pilot and roll out in the future.


    » The YAB's findings will be turned into tangible recommendations and a tool kit which will be braodly rolled out across the capital.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the STC and TFL being able to make better use of their resources, with more effective outcomes, following recommendations put forward by the YAB.

  • Impact


    Long terms changes include the wider introduction of youth-led models of policy development amongst a range of public bodies. More specifically, a long term change will be more effective approaches to tackling youth violence across the capital. These will be demonstrated through close monitoring of rates of youth violence on public transport following policy changes based on YAB recommendations and continual scoping of the use of youth-led approaches for policy development by public bodies


    The only risks associated to the project relate to the fieldwork activities being carried out by the YAB and their safety when doing so. However, we have a very clear research protocol in place which all members of the YAB are briefed on and strictly adhere to.


    We publish ongoing updates of the project on our website and circulate these in our monthly newsletters which will be sent to all donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Research All activities relating to volunteer recruitment, fieldwork and report publication

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Transport for London £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in London and focuses on improving best practice in preventing youth violence on public transport across all local authorities in the capital.


    The immediate beneficiaries of the project will be the young people involved in develop a range of skills in undertaking research work, working in a team and presenting their findings to professional policy makers. TFL and STC will benefit from an improved understanding of how to tackle youth violence on public transport. This in turn will translate to improved safety and enjoyment of use of public transport by all users in London.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the only youth-led social policy think tank in the UK IARS is perfectly placed to deliver this project. We have ten years of experience of supporting young people through mentoring, training and skills development to undertake robust research projects. We also have an established and positive relationship with TFL and STC which put us in an ideal position for ensuring the YAB's recommendation are taken on board and bring about real change.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Cass

    Rachel is the Research and Policy Coordinator at IARS. She is responsible for the coordination of this project.