Talking Hope

Talking Hope considers how thinking and talking about hope promotes better futures for young people who are identified as being at high risk. To do this, it explores the factors identified as important by young people, and the staff who support them, in achieving hope. After a pause during 2020, the Talking Hope toolkit is underway, built on three phases of knowledge exchange.

This project is led by the University of Strathclyde and was funded in Phase I by the European Social Innovation Fund in partnership with the Scottish Government, in Phase II by the Scottish Government and the Good Shepherd Centre, and in Phase III by Scottish Government and Includem.

At the heart of Talking Hope are relationships, conversations and connections.

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Dr Emma Miller (University of Strathclyde) says:

“When children and young people are considered to be at high risk, they can find themselves feeling stigmatised and misunderstood. This project aims to give young people a voice and ensure that their strengths and hopes are considered in decision making. We also want to ensure that the staff who support them are given a voice too, as their hope is essential to maintaining hope amongst the young people.”

In 2019, a report was published by CYCJ focusing on Phases 1 and 2 of the project, which involved the University of Strathclyde, the Good Shepherd Centre, East Ayrshire Health and Care Partnership and Ayrshire and Arran CAMHS. Key additional partners in Phase 3 are Includem, Rossie and St. Mary’s Kenmure secure care centres, and Foxgrove, which will be the new National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service.

Phase 3 of the project is currently underway, with the creation of a multidisciplinary toolkit that can be used by staff and young people to have respectful and hopeful conversations around hope, to promote better outcomes. This will be launched later in 2022.

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Blogs and learning from Talking Hope

Grief, loss and Talking Hope (April 2022)

What happens when we don’t have hope? (March 2019)

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Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

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