Young people are constantly blamed for creating a nuisance and scaring others in the community; whether this is true or not it still affects the rest of the youth in the community. Evidence suggests that towards the end of the twentieth century, there has been growing recognition of young people’s ability to understand and contribute to their local communities. However, the government has introduced policies and legislation that continue to exclude and oppress the young people in our communities, resulting in socially excluded and frustrated youths. When young people participate in the community and have a voice, the young people feel empowered, valued, and important in their community. This article examines research carried out in this field before analysing data collected from a small focus group in Clayton Brook, Lancashire. The data was recorded and coded utilising the initial coding method. Within this small sample, the participants claimed that if they were listened to and felt part of the community then the negative attitudes displayed towards them may breakdown and relationships between the young and old would have the potential to develop. Zeldin & Petrokubi’s research (2008) demonstrates that when young people and adults work together they can build a better community, where all opinions are valued and respected.
Keywords: Young People, Communities, Social Policy, Legislation, Government, Social Exclusion.
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