About Us


Young Researchers is a partnership project between young people in schools/colleges, Action for Children, The Participation People and Dorset County Council. The project began in 2012 with funding from Dorset County Council. In 2014/15 the Bournemouth & Poole 14-19 Team funded the project to work with students across Bournemouth and Poole to undertake a specific piece of research to help shape Bournemouth and Poole local authorities 14-19 Strategy.

In May 2017 the day-to-day running of the project was transferred to The Participation People after are re-organisation of Dorset County Council's participation projects.

Young people are recruited from schools and colleges and trained in research skills. They are then supported to carry out research that helps to shape service development of local authorities and their partners.


Project Aims

Young People

  • Develop employability skills
  • Provide practical learning experiences
  • The opportunity to make a difference
  • Provide rewards and acknowledgement
  • Chance to meet students from other schools and colleges
  • A reference


Organisations & Partnership

  • Relevant and up-to-date consultation with young people
  • Useful information for planning and improving services
  • A team of researchers based in schools and colleges across Dorset
  • Reports and presentations of the research findings


Outcomes for Young People

Each young person that takes part in the Young Researchers programme will gain from it in different ways, depending upon their starting point, individual attributes and future aspirations. As a minimum all those that take part will have increased their employability or enhanced their skills as they apply to Higher Education. It is anticipated that all will gain some or all of the following:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Research methods, report writing and presentation skills
  • Working on their own initiative and time-management skills including setting goals and meeting deadlines
  • Analysis and problem solving skills
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Perseverance and resilience
  • Knowledge of and understanding of services for young people