Best practice

As a network, we have drawn on our experience delivering services over years to vulnerable children and young people as well as on several different frameworks and research studies that highlight best practice. Primarily, NFER and Shared Intelligence’s 'Raising the standard of work by, with and for children and young people', Frances Rifkin’s 'The Ethics of Participatory Theatre in Higher Education' and The Young Foundation’s 'Framework of Outcomes for Young People'.

Based on this thinking, the below is a summary of the key areas we are interested in:


  •  Striving for excellence

-        In the workforce and the work; in process and/or product, including in attitudes and values in the arts


  •  Being authentic

-        Creating an environment where young people can question, reflect, capture and learn with analytical rigour and imaginative freedom


  •  Being exciting, inspiring and engaging

-          With a strong focus on the unique opportunities of the arts, including through imagination


  •  Ensuring a positive, child-centred experience

-       Balancing safety with creative risk taking

-        Encouraging resilience


  •  Actively involving Children and Young People

-        Collaboration to the point of co-production, with participants and partners including commitment to the long term

-        Empowering young people to affect change

-        Creating a sense of mutual respect and self-expression


  • Providing a sense of personal progression and self improvement that addresses aspirations as well as career and life pathways


  • Developing a sense of ownership and belonging