The Positive Impact of the Plus One Programme

Published Thursday 2nd April 2020
Discover the findings from the University of Derby's social research into the impact the Plus One scheme has on looked after children and care leavers.

The evaluation report “Contested Cultures of Care: Research with and for the Plus One Community on the Plus One Experience” is now available to read.

During 2018, Alex Nunn and Tamsin Bowers-Brown worked with Alix Manning-Jones and the young people who participate in the Plus One programme to undertake research that would identify the skills developed by the young people and the impact and wider benefits that the scheme has on their lives.

Watch this video to hear more from the Plus One participants who took part in the research..

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Research Findings

The research found that Plus One helped to develop a wide range of skills that are useful in wider life and work, but also that the project was seen as valuable by the young people and adults alike because of the relationships it helped to develop.

Young people felt in control of the cultural production process that helped them to tell create and tell their stories.

Plus One demonstrated an internal ethic of care between those involved in it, but also had a harder edge as it challenged the society to do more to transform the social harm that often affects Looked After Children and care leavers.


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Alexander Nunn
Tamsin Bowers-Brown
Tonimarie Benaton
Alix Manning Jones
Jade Murden