A study of young people's accounts on governance in their everyday lives: A report to the Commissioner for Children and Young People. Centre for Learning Innovation, Queensland University of Technology

Danby, Susan J., Farrell, Ann, Powell, Kathy, & Leiminer, Michele J. (2004) A study of young people's accounts on governance in their everyday lives: A report to the Commissioner for Children and Young People. Centre for Learning Innovation, Queensland University of Technology.


Funded by a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Faculty of Education Research Grant in 2002, this study investigated the impact of regulatory devices on young people’s everyday experiences in collaboration with the Commission for Children and Young People (Queensland). Data were collected in three Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) services in three provincial cities of Queensland. Pseudonyms were given to each research site. The three sites for the research were Herstville Youth Service, Branston Youth Service and Granard Youth Service. A total of seventeen residents participated in the study, ranging in age from mid to late teens.

The research found that residents oriented to regulation, self-regulation and negotiation, albeit in different strengths and combinations, depending on the service attended, and the types of social relationships and networks to which participants had access. Across the SAAP services, residents oriented to regulation as the key aspect of their everyday lives. However, this regulation was explained in different ways: as inflexible, acceptable, and as helpful. For residents, youth service regulation was a part of their everyday lives and was upheld as such. One area particularly identified as too structured and requiring change was meal times.

Our findings corroborate those of the Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations’ (2003) Final Report on the Measurement of Client Satisfaction in the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP). Their research found that young people wanted to be involved in decision-making, and that decision-making processes and the application of rules should be flexible. Our additional finding was in the area of the acceptablility of regulation to residents. Of particular note was the difference between the accounts of Branston residents and Herstville residents with regard to governance in their everyday lives. The accounts of Herstville residents showed acceptance of the type of regulation to which they were subjected, the rules and routines that regulated their daily eating patterns, as well as their daily patterns of comings and goings at the youth service. In contrast, Branston residents were more dissatisfied with this regulation, mostly attributed to the inconsistency of the version of regulation implemented in everyday practice

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ID Code: 913
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2005 00:00
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