Young People's Perceptions of Effective Community Cohesion Practices

Caroline Sharp, Maha Shuayb, Michelle Judkins, Monica Hetherington

01 February 2008

This small-scale study explored young people’s views of community cohesion by working with two schools and local authorities in England.

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Key Findings

  • The majority of the young people who took part were unfamiliar with the term ‘community cohesion’.
  • Young people’s definitions of ‘community’ were narrow and mainly restricted to their group of friends, but the themes of participation and communication were central to their discussions.
  • The study found that young people were able to participate meaningfully in discussions aimed to improve cohesion in their schools and local communities.

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