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Relationship Study: Systematic Evidence Review

A Systematic Evidence Review (SER) of the benefits and outcomes of an effective relationship between the frontline professional and a young person (and their families) who has come into conflict with the law.
In 2018, REPPP commenced a project to assemble and synthesise the international research evidence on the frontline professional / young person relationship. The review describes the research evidence on the benefits and outcomes of an effective relationship between the frontline professional and the young person. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research that explores young people’s and practitioners’ views and experiences of the worker – young person relationship within different settings (e.g. youth justice/probation, youth work, and social work), the review places the lens on the features considered important for effective relationships and the ways on which such relationships are supported / enabled. The review process followed a modified version of the EMMIE protocol to describe the evidence on effectiveness (E), as well as the mechanisms (M) and moderators (M) important for implementation (I). The review also sought evidence on the economic cost (E) of providing such services.