Reviewing our work with girls and young women

Includem is today publishing the latest thematic review by our Practice Champion, Keir McKechnie into our work with girls and young women. These thematic reviews are a key part of Includem’s evidence based practice and continual improvement model.

This latest review, which is available to read online, is a detailed examination of working with girls and young women with the aim of painting a clearer picture of the variety of work Includem does and exploring what the current research states works well when working with vulnerable girls and young women.

In the report, Keir highlights:

Includem’s framework of intervention is predicated on building meaningful and effective relationships with young people and their families. These professional working relationships with young girls and women need to have purpose and are developed over time in a collaborative way. They are the “essence” of what Includem does and are the key to unlocking the potential for change.

Yet, we fully recognise the mounting body of research acknowledging the need to take account of the specific and considerable differences between working with boys and girls. This includes age related developmental differences, support needs and responses required when working with adolescent younger girls for example.

A core aim of this research is to help promote progressive practice by absorbing the main lessons from what is a cumulatively rich experience at Includem.

There are some key facts from the literature and from the practice experience:

  • Girls offend far less than boys
  • Overall, girls commit less serious offences
  • Girls are less likely to be reconvicted and they stop offending at an earlier age
  • The pathways for girls into offending are different
  • There are particular risk factors for girls – poverty, abuse, truancy, drug and alcohol use, parental conflict, victimisation, low self-esteem, personal relationships and the influence of boys in risky situations.

Moving forward Includem will integrate any new learning from the current best practice examples contained in some of the new and innovative projects across the UK.

By embedding the key learning and intervention techniques this will further improve the quality of our practice when working with girls and young women and make an important contribution to achieving better outcomes with them.

You can read the research in full here.


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