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Equality, fairness and rights - the young person's voice

Hamill, Paul and Boyd, Brian (2002) Equality, fairness and rights - the young person's voice. British Journal of Special Education, 29 (3). pp. 111-117. ISSN 0952-3383

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This article presents findings from a one-year research project undertaken by experienced researchers and practitioners from the University of Strathclyde. Eleven comprehensive schools in Scotland were involved and the aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of in-school support systems for young people who display challenging behaviour. Pupil Support Bases (Pupil Referral Units) had been set up in most of the schools aimed at reducing exclusion rates and these were examined from the perspective of all stakeholders - teachers, parents, young people and key inter-agency personnel. The specific focus of this article is the views of the young people who, although often perceived as disruptive, disaffected and troubled, were surprisingly articulate. They had clear messages for all professionals and, in this article, Paul Hamill, Head of the Department of Educational Support and Guidance, and Brian Boyd, a Reader in the Language Education Department, ensure that their voices are heard.