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The Youth Now project was a two-year pilot project using contextual approaches to improve responses to increasing levels of youth violence in the Oldham area of Greater Manchester. The project was based within the Youth Justice team of the voluntary sector organisation ‘Positive Steps’ in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and Oldham Council.

Paula Skidmore, Senior Research Fellow in the Contextual Safeguarding team, worked as an embedded researcher with Youth Now, to support the pilot to establish and sustain local Contextual Safeguarding approaches to extra-familial harm around serious youth violence.

The resources below were co-developed by Paula and practitioners from the Youth Now team to share learning from the project.