The Headroom Model: a conceptual and practical description
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In April 2008 the Centre for Health Promotion (CHP), Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service (CYWHS) contracted the SA Community Health Research Unit (SACHRU) to undertake this project to document the Headroom model of youth participation. In order to capture the development and evolution of the model, interviews were conducted with key stakeholders including program staff and members of the core youth group. Organisational and professional commitment to youth participation; skills development of both staff and young people; and an underlying belief that youth participation will result in better outcomes were identified as key principles underpinning the program. These principles have supported the development of trusting and meaningful relationships with young people. They have also provided a foundation for the development of flexible processes and a meaningful journey for program participants.