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What's involved?

SW!TCH stakeholders

We will interview SW!TCH stakeholders to understand how the SW!TCH Lives programme was designed and has been implemented. We will also explore views about what has worked well during this process, as well as particular challenges that have been experienced.

Mentors / youth workers

We will speak to the youth workers / mentors who deliver the workshops and 1:1 mentor sessions about their experiences of the programme delivery. We will also explore views about what has worked well during the delivery process, challenges that may have been experienced, and areas for improvement. Observations in relation to benefits or challenges for the young people who have taken part in SW!TCH Lives will also be explored.

Teachers / school leads

We will interview teachers in schools who have been involved in organising the implementation of the SW!TCH Lives programme in their respective school. During interviews with teachers we will explore their experiences of working with the programme provider to implement SW!TCH in their school and their views on how SW!TCH Lives has been delivered so far. Observations in relation to benefits or challenges for the young people who have taken part in the programme will also be explored.

Young people

Research activities with young people will include: 

  • Focus groups with pupils who have attended a SW!TCH Lives workshop.
  • In-depth interviews with pupils who are receiving the one-to-one SW!TCH mentoring, including those selected to be ambassadors.

Pupils will be asked about their views and experiences of the SW!TCH Lives programme. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Reflections on the content and delivery of the SW!TCH Lives programme.
  • The impact that it may have had on their awareness and attitudes towards youth crime and violence.
  • Any recommendations or improvements that they might have for the programme.