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Brady, Bernadine and Devaney, Carmel and Crosse, Rosemary and Rodriguez, Leonor and Silke, Charlotte (2020) Strengths and challenges of the YAP Community Based Advocate Model. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

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This research study examines the unique aspects of the YAP Ireland programme – namely the use of community-based Advocates to improve the lives of young people and their families. The strengths and challenges associated with the Community Based Advocate Model are explored from the perspectives of key stakeholders, including young people, their parents or guardians, staff, and referrers.

The findings of the study are very positive overall, indicating that the Community Based Advocates model is felt to achieve positive outcomes for young people. Young People, Parents, Advocates, staff, board members, and referrers believe strongly in the model and are enthusiastic about its unique strengths as an approach to working with vulnerable young people and their families. The key components of the Community Based Advocate model along with their strengths and any identified challenges are outlined.


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