Conducting youth-led research: Informing and influencing social policy

Conducting youth-led research: Informing and influencing social policy

This CPD accredited e-course aims to train anyone wishing to learn how to conduct youth-led qualitative research in order to inform and influence social policy. The e-course is particularly useful to young people as well as professionals working with them. It responds to Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which puts an obligation on all public bodies to ascertain the views of young people and to take them into account in making decisions about services and activities for them.

The e-course is supported by a Training Handbook, and is the result of years of working with young people from all walks of life. The e-course forms part of the RJ4All Institute’s wider “Balancing Power Youth Programme” including its youth-led FRED campaign. 

Successful completion will lead to CPD (Continuous Professional Development) Certification. It will result in 10 CPD units.

Young people/ professionals who take the course and are also registered with one of our Erasmus+ funded projectsYouthPass Certification is also provided.

The e-course can be paused and completed in your own time. It takes approximately 9 non-stop hours to fully complete all modules and take the test (10 minutes). Additional reading material are also provided for further learning and research which take a lot more additional (optional hours).

Target Groups

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to know:

  • What social policy is and how to inform and influence it.
  • What youth-led and user-led research is, and how to use it to collect evidence in social sciences including youth policy, crime, equalities and human rights.
  • How to conduct youth-led research using interviews focus groups and questionnaires.
  • How to analyse your qualitative data and transform them into arguments for informing and influencing social policy
  • How to present and write your research and arguments including being able to identify your methodology strengths and limitations.


This e-course is free for all young people/ professionals below the age of 25, or to any student. To receive complimentary registration, please email with either your student ID or proof of age.

For those who are not student or below 25, as a non-profit institute, RJ4All is pleased to offer this e-course at the subsidised cost of £15. This fee also includes the Training Handbook “Conducting youth-led research: Informing and influencing social policy” (RRP: £4.99). We use these funds to support our Balancing Power Youth Programme and we do not make any profit.

For purchasing multiple accounts, the following discounts are offered:

  • 1 account £30
  • 3 accounts 5%
  • 5 accounts 10%
  • 15 accounts 12%
  • 20 accounts or more 15%

For group purchases, please email RJ4All courses & publications or call +44(0)7955728951

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction
  • Baseline Questionnaire
  • Module 1: Youth-led research for social policy

    Introductory module into key definitions and the value of youth-led research

  • Module 2: Toolkit for carrying out youth-led qualitative research

    This module focuses on developing a better knowledge and the skills in carrying out youth-led qualitative research.

  • Module 3: Toolkit for conducting focus groups & in-depth interviews

    This toolkit module provides a guide on conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups

  • Module 4: Organising, analysing and presenting qualitative data

    This final module aims to support trainees in analysing, organising and presenting their qualitative data to inform and influence social policy

  • CPD test
  • Evaluation
  • Monitoring form
  • Further reading


Professor Gavrielides is a leading international expert in restorative justice, human rights and youth justice. He is the Founder and Director of Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) an international institute with a mission to advance community cohesion using the values and practices of restorative justice. He also founded the IARS International Institute. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of East London and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (REGNet) of Australian National University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology of Simon Fraser University (Canada) as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University (UK). Professor Gavrielides is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Youth Voice Journal and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice. He is an advisor to the European Commission’s security programmes, and the coordinator of a number of EU funded research projects on violent radicalisation, migration, restorative justice, youth and human rights. He has acted as an advisor to a number of governments including the Chilean and UK Ministries of Justice, the Mayor of London, the Council of Europe and the British Council in the Middle East. Previously, he was the Chief Executive of Race on the Agenda, as well as the Human Rights Advisor of the UK’s Ministry of Justice. He has also worked as a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has published extensively on various social justice issues, restorative justice, equality and race equality, human rights and youth justice. His 2007 monograph “Restorative Justice Theory and Practice” was published by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) . In 2012, He edited “Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice”, in 2013 he co-edited ‘Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy’ and in 2015 he edited ‘The Philosophy of Restorative Justice’ both published by Ashgate (now Routledge). He also edited ‘Offenders no More’ by NOVA Publishers (2015) and ‘Restorative Justice, The Library of Essays on Justice’ (2015) by Ashgate Publishing. He also edited ‘The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice’ (2018). He has acted as the course convener of the following accredited e-courses: Continuous Professional Development e-courses: Induction to restorative justice theory and practice (2020) Theory of Change: Learning how to measure project and organisational impact (2020) Fighting COVID19’s impact: Identifying and dealing with mental health issues (2020) Resolving conflict and addressing group violence (2020) Conducting youth-led research: Informing and influencing social policy (2020) Restorative Justice in Higher Educational Settings (2019) Preventing Violent Youth Radicalisation: A restorative justice and human rights approach (2019) Safeguarding and Empowering Crime Victims Becoming a young entrepreneur (2019) Empowering Professionals to work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Young Carers (2018) Transferring young carers’ skills, knowledge and experiences into employment and educational settings. (2018) Upskilling youth professionals to work with young people who had experienced gender-based violence (2018) Increasing young people’s public legal education on gender-based violence and FGM (2017) Empowering professionals to work with refugee and asylum seeking victims (2017) Academic Courses: Work-based Certificate in Youth Policy (accredited through London Metropolitan University)