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Unsocial teenagers - a problem to solve or a need to cater for?

26 August 2009

With endorsements from the Police and Government, Youth Shelters are playing a important part in teenagers' social needs.

Teenagers will get together outside in places and at times to suit them. Socialising and learning to relate to each other, away from direct adult supervision, is part of their development. If they have nowhere of their own to meet they will adopt somewhere designed for others with inevitable results and a group of young people hanging out together can be regarded as intimidating. So is it a problem to solve or a need to cater for?

Responsible communities across the UK are increasingly catering for the basic, social need of their teenagers for a safe place of their own to meet friends by providing purpose-built, low maintenance outdoor seating, generally referred to as youth shelters.

Youth shelters are inclusive, specifically designed to attract and withstand the attention of all 12-16 year olds.  They are effective on their own and can also be added to existing active play and sports facilities such as ball courts and skateparks to extend the community benefit to include those unwilling or unable to take part. By drawing 12-16 year olds away from the unsuitable places that they previously met, a youth shelter removes the opportunities to offend and intimidate others - the type of behaviour that make people feel less safe.

Although funding is always a consideration, youth shelters are attractive to funding bodies because they are tangible, quick to deliver and have the endorsement of the Police and Government. They also appeal to the local Council adopting them as they are one-off capital projects with long term benefits, minimal support costs and no employment or HR issues. However, whether or not a youth shelter is right for your community has to be decided locally and the process provides the opportunity to engage local teenagers in their community often for the first time. 

Picking up on the local theme, Steve Evans, Founder and Managing Director of youth shelter specialists, rekk Limited, said; “A recent Audit Commission report concluded that still too little attention is paid to what teenagers actually want, namely, activities that are cheap, cool and close by. They also want continuity and are frustrated by schemes that open then close due to lack on revenue and funding. The youth centres being provided by Government will, by definition, be few and far between. They need to be supplemented with more widespread and informal provision, such as youth shelters, to cater for the local needs of more young people, particularly the ‘hard to reach’ groups, in places they actually want and can afford to be.”

If you are considering or consulting on teenage provision, youth shelters will be mentioned. To encourage and inform the debate youth shelter specialists rekk Limited have published the third edition of their free guide ‘6 steps to a successful youth shelter’. Copies are available free from rekk via their website.

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