We are committed to the dissemination of our work for ongoing practice and sector development.

Our recent publications include:

Promoting Young People’s Wellbeing through Empowerment and Agency (2017)

Lucy Maynard and Kaz Stuart, published September 2017 by Routledge

Promoting Young People’s Wellbeing through Empowerment and Agency

The terms ‘wellbeing’, ‘empowerment’ and ‘agency’ are common parlance in policy and practice with children, young people and families (CYPF), yet are often misused or not fully understood. Further, there is a disconnect between these abstract concepts and tangible practice with CYPF.

This book bridges the theory-practice divide, offering a clear and definitive guide to concepts and practical ways to develop CYPF wellbeing. It examines the concept of wellbeing and its intrinsic relationship to social justice both theoretically and through case study material, and locates these practices within critical pedagogy. The book highlights a range of practice with CYPF of various ages, in formal and non-formal learning situations, engaged in a range of different programmes including learning, reduction from offending, social action and tackling targeted needs. Each chapter highlights relevant policy, research and practice examples to ensure that the book is relevant to a variety of readers.

This book will benefit students and practitioners who work with young people to realise wellbeing and to embed critical pedagogy in their practice. It also provides a frame of reference to critically engage in policy analysis and is essential reading for social workers, teachers, police support officers and anyone working to support CYPF to become empowered.

You can buy this book through Amazon here.

If you want to understand how your practice contributes to wellbeing, this book is essential reading.

Dave Harvey

Evaluation Practice for Projects with Young People

Evaluation Practice for Projects with Young People: A Guide to Creative Research (2015)

Stuart, K., Maynard, L. and Rouncefield C. London, Sage publications. 


This is an excellent text which challenges the traditional notion of research as a highbrow, pseudo-scientific activity by intellectuals. It is full of creative and practical ideas for evaluating projects and giving a voice to lots of very clever, but rarely heard, young people.

Annette Rimmer, Applied Community and Youth Work, University of Manchester

This is a vital text, that presents a compelling narrative about the importance of evaluation in youth work practice, and as a youth work tool. It is thorough and detailed, but always accessible; never shying away from challenges but meeting them with optimism. It deftly weaves together theory and practice, and feels above all very alive - full of insight, enquiry and experience.

Bethia McNeil, Centre for Youth Impact

Non-formal youth development and its impact on young people’s lives: Case study – Brathay Trust, UK (2015). Stuart, K. and Maynard, L. Italian Journal of Sociology of Education.

You can access this journal here.