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It’s always in the back of your mind – Research report 2006 and summary report 2008


"It's always in the back of your mind is a quote from one of the young people involved in the action research process. We feel that this encapsulates the sentiment of the research findings, both in terms of issues for young people and workers. For example, although the Newry and Armagh area is continuing to develop from the legacy of the troubles, young people are still affected by the stories of the past and are hesitant to openly trust and feel safe. As one young man cited "It's always in the back of your mind". The quote reminds us that even though we are in a post conflict situation or emerging from conflict there are still lingering prejudices, fears and suspicions. In relation to the everyday lives of young people "It's always in the back of your mind" encapsulates the conscious thoughts, behaviours and attitudes which determine young people feeling safe and free from violence and discrimination. This paper provides a summary of findings carried out in Newry/Armagh between 2004 and 2006. Additional findings from Newry, Mourne and Armagh city over 2008 are included in a supplementary paper.

This resource publication demonstrates the approach used by YouthAction Northern Ireland in working with young people, local communities and other organisations and partners to co-ordinate youth work responses based on identified need across a geographical location. We believe that this model can be tailored for other geographical areas

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