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					Stereotypes of Young Parent’s
           Project
    Loud Mouth Educational Theatre Company
                       &
Warwickshire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board



“This was the best training session I‟ve been to for ages, a great way to put across
                                researched views.”




                 Final Report / November 05
“Warwickshire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board wanted to
develop a training package for professionals that addressed
perceptions and stereotypes of young parenthood. Theatre is a
powerful training tool that has a greater impact and immediacy than
worksheets and case studies. Loud Mouth was commissioned to
develop a training programme because of their experience of
developing drama through research; quality of performance; and
excellent facilitation skills. “Stereotypes” is a programme that has been
developed using the voices and experiences of young parents. It has
been well received in Warwickshire and I would thoroughly recommend
it to any agency working in the field.”

Michelle Diaz, Former Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinator for Warwickshire
September 2002 – May 2005




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                      Stereotypes of Young Parent’s Project
                    Loud Mouth Educational Theatre Company
                                       &
                Warwickshire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board

                             Final Report November 05




Contents                                                                             Page

Introduction                                                                          4

Description of the Programme: „Stereotypes‟                                           4

Description of the Project                                                            4

Overview                                                                              5

Aims, Objectives and Measuring the Success of the Project                             5

    1. To work across the county of Warwickshire with professionals who work          6
       directly with young parents.
    2. To encourage joined up working and networking amongst professionals            7
       working with young parents.
    3. To use drama to accurately represent and deconstruct stereotypes about         8
       young parents.
    4. To ensure professionals have an enjoyable, safe and memorable learning        10
       experience.
    5. To ensure that young father‟s issues are kept on the agenda.                  12
    6. To give professionals the opportunity to reflect on their own practice with   13
       young parents.
    7. To allow professionals to develop practical strategies and ideas to improve   14
       services for young parents.

Conclusion                                                                           16

Recommendations                                                                      16




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Introduction
Loud Mouth Educational Theatre Company was formed in 1994 and over the last 11 years we have
been creating and touring the UK with our theatre in education programmes for young people and
the adults who work with them. The adult work we do is in the form of CPD sessions for
professionals working with young people. The company has seven members of staff, six of which
work in teams of two, touring our programmes all year round. We specialise in young people and
sex and relationship work and have a particular interest in young parents‟ issues. All our
programmes are well researched with both young people and adults.


Description of the Programme; Stereotypes

 “Some of them midwives just tut at you if you don‟t understand something. They‟re so
snotty! That‟s the thing though „cos even though some are nice, you just remember the bad
ones.”
                                                                             Ryan, Young Dad 16

“The thing is with these young mothers is they don‟t seem to understand the importance of
things like breast feeding….they clearly don‟t see it as serious so you have to apply that bit
of extra pressure.”
                                                                           Veronica, Health Visitor

Stereotypes is a three hour interactive programme which uses drama to feedback research findings
into professionals‟ views of young parents and young parents‟ views of professionals. Loud Mouth
uses drama, comedy and discussion to raise awareness, to challenge stereotypes and explore ways
to improve the communication between young parents and professionals. The programme was
developed through a series of interviews and discussions with young parents and a diverse range of
professionals in Warwickshire. The session uses drama to feedback this research and provide a
starting point for reflection, discussion and change.

Stereotypes aims to raise awareness of how stereotypes affect young parents by touching on issues
including housing, social exclusion, relationships and legal rights and responsibilities. The
programme also acknowledges the need for greater integration and communication between
services and so aims to bring professionals from different backgrounds and experiences to discuss
the issues and exchange ideas and practices.

Stereotypes uses traditional training techniques and discussion work alongside scenes of drama to
highlight common stereotypes of young parents and how these may affect the service they receive
from professionals or agencies. The session uses a non-judgemental approach to allow
professionals a chance to think about common stereotypes and negative images and look at ways of
empathising with young parents and improving their service. The drama allows the participants to
see many different attitudes and perspectives on young parents and to challenge media and public
perceptions.

Stereotypes builds on Loud Mouth‟s acclaimed training work on young men and sexual health which
allows professionals to reflect on their practice without lecturing. The training is open to any
professionals who have contact with young parents including receptionists, practice and school
nurses, GPs, Connexions PAs, health workers, health visitors, midwives, lecturers, teachers,
housing officers and youth workers.


Description of the Project
This project was commissioned by the Warwickshire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board
(WTPPB) in 2004. The project had two elements. The first was the research and development phase
which is covered in a separate report. The second phase was the touring of the programme which
took place between September 2004 and October 2005.
The brief for the training was to use drama with interactive activities and discussion techniques to
explore the stereotypes that professionals have of young parents. The programme also explores the
stereotypes that young parents have of professionals. The programme was to run 20 times in
different parts of the county.

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Overview
Overall the project was a huge success with strong feedback from participants and funders. 245
professionals took part in the programme in 19 sessions in 9 different venues across the county.
One session was cancelled due to low numbers. All of those who attended the training session were
given an evaluation form to collect their feedback on the programme.

Each participant who completed a form gave an overall grading of the programme. The results are
highlighted below.



      80%         71%

      70%

      60%

      50%

      40%
                              26%
      30%

      20%

      10%                                1%          0%          0%         2%


       0%
             Excellent    Above     Average      Below       Poor        No
                         Average                Average               response


97% of all participants rated the sessions as Excellent or Above Average. The evaluation forms also
explored participant‟s enjoyment and learning from the programme. These were then used with the
aims and objectives to form the basis for this report.


Aims, Objectives & Measuring the Success of the Project

Aims:
The programme had seven clear aims. This report will detail the Objectives set for each aim and
evidence of how these were achieved drawing primarily on the responses given by professionals
who attended the sessions. All quotes are taken from evaluation forms completed at the end each
session.

1. To work across the county of Warwickshire with professionals who work directly with
   young parents.

2. To encourage joined up working and networking amongst professionals working with
   young parents.

3. To use drama to accurately represent and deconstruct stereotypes about young parents.

4. To ensure professionals have an enjoyable, safe and memorable learning experience.

5. To ensure that young father’s issues are kept on the agenda.

6. To give professionals the opportunity to reflect on their own practice with young parents.

7. To allow professionals to develop practical strategies and ideas to improve services for
   young parents.


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1. To work across the county of Warwickshire with professionals who work directly with
   young parents.

Objective 1.1: To organise sessions in venues across Warwickshire.

Objective Achieved: YES
Michelle Diaz, the former teenage pregnancy co-ordinator for Warwickshire worked with Kathy
Siddle and Margaret Lidstone to organise the sessions in as wide a geographical spread as possible
to include the whole county and to cover a mix of urban and rural areas.

The table below shows where each of the sessions took place.

     DATE                AREA                             NAME OF VENUE
19/11/2004       NUNEATON                      Hilary Road Centre
01/12/2004       MANCETTER                     School Rooms, Mancetter
02/12/2004       RUGBY                         Rugby Football Club
08/12/2004       ALCESTER                      Greig Centre
04/02/2005       NUNEATON                      Hilary Road Centre
10/02/2005       MANCETTER                     School Rooms, Mancetter
11/02/2005       WARWICK                       Myton Park Training Centre
24/02/2005       RUGBY                         Rugby Football Club
08/03/2005       ALCESTER                      Greig Centre
09/03/2005       WARWICK                       Myton Park Training Centre
16/03/2005       BEDWORTH                      Bedworth Civic Hall
17/03/2005       RUGBY                         Rugby Football Club
04/05/2005       LEAMINGTON SPA                Manor Hall
09/05/2005       NUNEATON                      Hilary Road Centre
14/06/2005       RUGBY                         Rugby Football Club
12/07/2005       LEAMINGTON SPA                Manor Hall
21/07/2005       RUGBY                         Rugby Football Club
13/09/2005       LEAMINGTON SPA                Brunswick Healthy Living Centre
14/10/2005       NUNEATON                      Hatters Space Community Centre

To illustrate the geographical spread further the venues are laid out on the map below.

                                  Venues used in Warwickshire




                                                           Warwickshire




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Objective 1.2: To work with professionals from different areas of Warwickshire during the
research and development phases

Objective Achieved: YES
During the research phase the company interviewed 13 professionals and 15 young parents in
different areas of the county. These included interviews with a young mum‟s group in Alcester to
working with a specialist young parent‟s housing project in Nuneaton. The broad geographical
range allowed the company to build interest in the resulting training programme and to represent a
broad range of issues reflecting the different needs and backgrounds of young parents in the north
and south of the county.


2. To encourage joined up working and networking amongst professionals working with
   young parents.

Objective 2.1: To work with professionals from different professions and backgrounds.

Objective Achieved: YES
The training programme was advertised to many different professionals and organisations who work
with young people. This brought a range of perspectives and experiences to the training. A
breakdown of the professionals who attended the sessions is shown in the pie chart below.

                      Breakdown by profession / sector of participants (%)


                                                           Family support worker

                                                           Parenting / Early Years
                                    9%
                18%                                        Housing

                                                           Health Visitor
                                              9%
      2%                                                   Midwife

      2%                                                   Social Worker

                                                           Personal Adviser
     2%                                            9%      Youth Worker / Leaving Care Worker
       4%                                                  School Nurse / Health Adviser

                                                           Teacher / Education
        4%
                                                9%         Health Promotion / Public Health

           5%                                              Refuge Worker

                                                           Manager / Head of Service
                6%                         7%
                                                           Children and young peoples' Librarian
                      7%         7%                        Other




Objective 2.2: Provide opportunities for professionals to exchange ideas and experiences
with professionals from other agencies or organisations.

Objective Achieved: YES
The programme was designed to include opportunities for participants to interact and learn from
each other as well as from the material presented. The sessions were not fact or lecture based but a
forum for exploring best practice and sharing experiences of overcoming barriers. The participants
also had a chance to network over lunch and coffee breaks.

The professionals who attended the sessions found this element enjoyable and useful as shown in
the comments below.


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Good to have views from other agencies.

Enjoyed networking with other agencies.

I found the session very interesting and thought provoking and beneficial to talk to different
agencies.

Provided links with other organisations and how to access them.

Agreement and recognition by diverse agencies.

Interesting mix of professional opinions and experiences.

I had a really great day meeting new people and sharing our views.


Objective 2.3: To use drama to focus different agencies into providing support for the
characters and to learn about other possible solutions.

Objective achieved: YES
The characters in the drama proved to be a powerful way of allowing professionals to „practice‟
working with young parents outside of a real situation. Many of the participants focussed on this
aspect in their feedback on how they gained empathy for the characters presented.

I learnt a lot about how to „step into the shoes‟ of the characters at the same time as what services
were available to help.

[The character of] Jerome [18 year old estranged young father] in the question and answer session.
He represents a key client group for me and showed how difficult it is to get him engaged. It was
very interesting to hear other professionals ask questions.

Enjoyed the Veronica and Ryan scenario [scene showing the interaction between a health visitor
and a young father] as I think we all know a Veronica and it was good to see how the situation could
be changed if there was a willing party.

Questioning of the 2 characters….gave a real insight into how not to make assumptions or at least
not to stick with them but listen and check things out more.

Interviewing / questioning the case studies made us / me think about setting the language and tone
– not being judgmental.

Questioned own / others‟ scope of practices and issues raised heightened by young peoples‟
awareness / perception of health professionals, identified how lonely young people can be.

The characters – I wanted to get up there and help them with their situations.


3. To use drama to accurately represent and deconstruct stereotypes about young parents.

Objective 3.1: To create and use realistic and recognisable characters and situations
developed through research with young parents and professionals.

Objective Achieved: YES
Research was an important element of the development of the programme to ensure that the
characters and situations were realistic. The quality of research was highlighted by many of those
who took attended:

The research and true identities of the images and persons portrayed in the scenes, very powerful.

I got completely lost in the different characters – felt part of the situation.

Being able to relate the characters to real people that I know and to understand them a little more.

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Dramas were very powerful and had a big impact on me, very realistic and well done.

Reliable due to research base.

The characters were brilliant and it make it more real doing it this way.

I try not to stereotype my patients but the drama group had done their homework well.

A really thought provoking training event – clearly based on the real world.

Interactive, powerful and memorable performances. I could identify with the actors as clients I have
met.

Excellent way to bring research to life. Informative, down to earth, realistic.

Very realistic role-play. I‟ve recognised lots of behaviour I‟ve come across during my work.

Meeting the young parents - forgot they weren‟t real!

I identified with the young people characters and forgot that the actors were the facilitators – very
credible and believable acting.

The drama was very realistic and hit home the issues of stereotyping young parents and each other.

I liked the use of research based evidence, that methodology of presenting statistics in this way,
which challenges my work with young people.

Presentation of information through drama is a useful and refreshing way to explore messages from
research.

Acting was excellent and enabled me to really get into the characters and see things from the young
people‟s perspective.


Objective 3.2: To design a structure where attitudes and stereotypes are challenged
gradually through the session.

Objective Achieved: YES
The programme was designed to create a safe space where professionals could gradually challenge
their own assumptions and practice. Information about some of the characters was introduced
incrementally through the session so that first impressions could be reviewed or challenged. This
insight and changing perceptions was highlighted by the participants‟ comment below.

The insight into the characters – finding out why they felt this way and the ways they could be
helped.

Being able to analyse feelings as the drama unfolds.

Learning more about Lara [17 year old young mother] and Jerome [18 year old estranged young
father] as it explained why they appeared as they did at first encounter.

The monologues of the 2 characters gives insight behind the stereotype.

Lara and Jerome – getting beneath the outer front to the issues below. Connecting with the person.

Watching the actors perform and the insight gained into how the different characters portrayed felt.


Objective 3.3: To use drama to continually challenge common myths and stereotypes of
young parents.

Objective Achieved: Inconclusive.

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The programme included discussions on where stereotypes of young parents came from. In each of
the 19 sessions the media was discussed and key „myths‟ such as „young women become pregnant
to get housing‟ and „young fathers do not want to be involved with their children‟. These were
challenged or different perspectives offered and there were positive discussions on these issues in
each of the sessions. However none of the participants commented on this aspect on their
evaluation forms.


4. To ensure professionals have an enjoyable, safe and memorable learning experience.

Objective 4.1: To use experienced, appropriate facilitators with extensive knowledge of the
issues and research

Objective Achieved: YES
The sessions were delivered by experienced facilitators from Loud Mouth Educational Theatre
Company. In most cases these were the same people who had carried out the research and written
the programme and drama. The facilitators‟ knowledge and understanding of the issues was a
prominent aspect of the participants‟ feedback.

Exceeded my expectations, largely due to the two facilitators.

Actors and how professional and good they were, really impressive.

The skill of the actors to depict young people and their attitudes / reactions accurately – even
through unprepared questions.

Informative, friendly yet professional presentation. Inclusive and engaging. Felt presenters handled
this well.

Facilitators were really good.

Challenging and expertly presented.

Trainers were though provoking.

Lively, bright young people, obviously enjoying their working lives.

The theatre group helped us gel as a group.

The standard of the acting added significant weight to the session.


Objective 4.2: To use fictional characters and interaction in a fresh approach to training

Objective Achieved: YES
The use of fictional characters was designed to be a memorable and thought provoking approach to
looking at stereotypes around young parents. The use of characters also creates a safe space as all
the discussion uses the characters. The comments below show how participants enjoyed and
learned from this approach.

I think that the characters and their situations will stay in my head as a reminder for a long time.

A great way to learn and identify development needs in self and others.

Excellent use of drama to highlight issues – thought provoking.

The method of training made things much easier to retain, .ie. The characters will remain with you.

Much more enjoyable than the usual PowerPoint presentation.

The drama was excellent and was a great way of getting important issues across.


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A refreshing technique of getting the message across.

A different way of learning.

Very enjoyable and different.

Effective way of communicating this to organisations.

Excellent characters and drama really emphasised stereotypes and attitudes.

I thought the session was well structured and unique.

I thought the acting scenes were really a great way of learning, unusual and I hadn‟t been to a study
day like it before.

Would be very keen to use this technique of training in other areas as it is informative but not
threatening and unlike a lecture-type presentation you are still involved in an active way.

It was entertaining and engaged me in a way that just reading a case study could never do.


Objective 4.3: To use humour, pace and variety in the training.

Objective Achieved: YES
The programme and approach deliberately used humour as well as a series of short exercises to
keep the energy and pace throughout the session. The comments below highlight the relaxed, fun
atmosphere this created and how this helped understanding and learning.

Really good fun and extremely useful and challenging exercises.

I think this was the most relaxed but the most informative course I have been on.

Lots of laughs but serious overtones.

Most enjoyable day, did not yawn once!

Friendly, relaxed interactive session.

An enjoyable and interactive style of teaching.

Actors very open and made everyone feel comfortable.

Very relaxed, informal and professional with good group participation.

Excellent – light, fun.

Brilliant – full of enthusiasm and entertainment –loved it!

Very refreshing, Loud Mouth are very friendly yet professional.

I have learnt loads today, very enjoyable, relaxed and a refreshing learning module.

Relaxed and visual way of learning very much and different from most training days and ways.

More fun than I expected.

It was very informative but in a fun way which kept your interest.

Fun element in drama was great. The impact was different and the memory will last longer.

It was really funny and entertaining! Also I was expecting to have to join in so it was a relief not to.


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Expected to be role playing myself- glad we didn‟t.


5. To ensure that young father’s issues are kept on the agenda.

Objective 5.1: To ensure that experiences of young father’s in Warwickshire are portrayed.

Objective Achieved: YES
Research took in interviews with young father‟s workers as well as one to one interviews with four
young fathers. The company drew on their own recent work on young fathers as well as
incorporating case studies and other local research including work carried out by Coventry
University.


Objective 5.2: To continually challenge the notion that young parent always means young
mother.

Objective Achieved: YES
The drama and situations illustrate the thinking of some professionals that parenting is primarily a
female issue as well as presenting scenarios where young fathers attempt to engage with services
that claim to be for young parents but have not considered how they would work with a young father.

This provoked a lot of comments from participants as shown below.

Very interesting to see the different perceptions of teenage parents (especially fathers) and their
perceptions of professionals.

(I will) try to focus more on provision of services for young dads. I am working with a young dad at
present and will involve him more in discussion and planning for his baby.

Lack of support for young male fathers.

The hot seat with Jerome [18 year old young father] made me realise how terribly naïve and
innocent a young dad can be.

The highlight was realising how young dads can feel and the issues that they face.

Will try to consider dads more. From education point, dads often still at school too.
Showing the problems young fathers‟ face as we as professionals usually concentrate on teenage
mums.

I think before today I thought more about how the mum has to cope but not a lot about the dad.

The portrayal of young fathers and the isolation that they are subjected to.

..more aware of the way I interact with young fathers.


Objective 5.3: To ensure that positive experiences and images of young fathers are
represented.

Objective Achieved: YES
The research showed many examples where young fathers were a strong influence in their
children‟s lives, involved in the childcare and in stable relationships yet this is a side rarely seen in
the media. The drama and exercises aim to bring the experiences of young fathers directly into the
training room. The young father characters speak directly to the audience and in one case are
interviewed allowing professionals a rare opportunity to hear a young father‟s experiences, gain
more understanding and to see positive images of young fathers. The experiences of one of the
characters particularly highlighted this for participants. The character of Jerome is an 18 year old
young father who no longer has contact with his son. Through the session attitudes changed as they
gained understanding of the positive involvement he has had in the past with his son and the care
he has.

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Jerome! The opportunity for people to see him in his first scenario from which they inevitably made
judgements, and then having him „on the spot‟ articulating deeper feelings and wider concerns as
well.

The interview with Jerome and hearing about his experiences of being a dad – this made me think a
lot about my current practice.


6. To give professionals the opportunity to reflect on their own practice with young parents.

Objective 6.1: To challenge professionals’ initial thoughts or judgements of young parents.

Objective Achieved: YES
The sessions were designed to give time out for professionals to reflect on their own work and many
participants commented on how it had made them think about this and question their own practice.

Today has made me reflect on my practice and has reiterated for me the importance of first
impressions.

It makes you see how judgmental agencies / professionals are and how important it is not to assume
the worst re: the situation and of the young parent.

We all have stereotypes, however much we deny it.

It helped raise my awareness on these topics and how difficult it is for young parents to break the
negative attitudes displayed by others.

It has made me think and although most situations I feel I am OK, but others I‟m stereotyping
people.

The drama workshop highlighted a lot of stereotype images / issues that brought it home to me how
I can sometimes judge people. I certainly will go home and evaluate my own opinions and continue
to challenge other people‟s attitudes and comments.

The drama kept us in touch with individuals – it was very powerful in the presentation of certain
stereotypes we have.

Challenged my attitudes.

It showed you the reality of stereotyping visually which stays with you

It has made me more aware of my own attitudes and also highlighted the idea that clients may hold
stereotypical views about us as workers ie. bossy, nosey, etc.

Promoted awareness of how I can give off bad vibes to client group without meaning to.


Objective 6.2: To use drama and interaction to bring case studies to life.

Objective Achieved: YES
The programme uses a series of exercises that allow the participants to interact with the drama and
characters. In one exercise known as „Hot Seating‟ the participants are given the opportunity to
interview or question two of the young parents from the drama. In another known as „Forum Theatre‟
they watch a scene between a health visitor and a 16 year old young father. They then view the
scene again but can stop the drama at any point and offer advice to the health visitor and see this
played out to find ways of improving the communication and outcome. These practical, fun exercises
were highly rated by the participants as the following comments show.

Drama was fantastic and emphasised the importance of barriers and stereotypes against teenage
parents.


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The question and answer session with the characters . Able to experience real life situations in a
safe environment.

Watching the various sketches…although they were amusing at times, they did make you think.

….more aware within my own practice and ability to challenge other professionals.

Reinforced my personal philosophy that “you shouldn‟t judge a book by its cover”, get to know a
person and they will begin to trust you and let you know how to support one another.

This has made me realise the importance of listening to young people and possibly being prepared
to spend more time with them in order to break the barriers.

It has made me look more at my practice and how I am with young parents…

It has made me more aware of my own attitudes and how I work to my own agenda.

It has made me more aware of my own stereotypes and particularly highlighted the need to let the
person have ownership of their own life and feelings – to build on a relationship.

The session was a great help as it made me think about what I do, what others do and what needs
to change.

It made me think about the way I interview young parents. I like to think that I do a good job but
today will make me more aware.

Issues that I have now identified…..I had not even considered before today.


7. To allow professionals to develop practical strategies and ideas to improve services for
   young parents.

Objective 7.1: To use drama to recreate common situations, difficult communications or
conflict as the starting point for discussion or problem solving activities.

Objective Achieved: YES
Many of the activities in the Stereotypes session have a problem solving element. The design of the
activities is such that the participants work together to find a range of different approaches or
strategies that avoid stereotyping and support the young parents in the drama. This then feeds into
discussions on what can services do or change to be able to implement these ideas or
improvements.

The hot seat [questioning the characters] with the two young parents, made me realise the barriers
in them accessing services.

The role-play acting is very interactive and dynamic / thought provoking. I particularly thought this
was a great way to learn.

Interviewing characters – good to see the reaction of how characters view authority / advisory
figures.

When consulting with young parents I will remember the role-play and how not to act.

An opportunity to listen and ask the characters directly to comment.

Hot seating the two characters was a revelation for me. We as professionals had few answers!

The whole session was really good but the opportunity to talk to the characters and ask them
questions was helpful.

The highlight for me was being able to correct and help the health visitor.


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All the characters were usefully portrayed and the questioning session made me think about not only
the questions and subject areas but how to phrase / address questions / advice / comments to the
young parents.

The way problems of talking to „difficult‟ individuals were well highlighted (question time with the
characters).

….able to „stop‟ the role play and put right what we felt was going wrong at each point.

The questioning of the characters gave a real chance to open up the stereotypes discussion.


Objective 7.2: To give professionals more insight and empathy into the views and
experiences of young parents to help when designing or developing services.

Objective Achieved: YES
In the scripting stage the intention was to allow the characters to voice common issues or problems
raised by the research so that the professionals can work together to find possible strategies or
solutions that meet the needs of young parents.

This was shown to be helpful for participants based on their responses on the evaluation forms.

A great way to reflect and identify needs.

Awareness of the attitudes of young parents, both genders.

Looking at ways professionals can improve their practise with young people, specifically young
parents.

It covered issues of dads and mums (young parents) and the attitudes of other people / how that can
make them feel vulnerable / anxious.

It was enjoyable because it illustrated (and provided opportunities to discuss) scenarios from young
peoples‟ point of view.

Identifying with the problems of the young people – trying to empathise.

It has been a valuable experience whereby you can see the young parents‟ understanding, needs
and expectations that agencies and professionals should give.


Objective 7.3: To provide time after the interactive drama session where professionals can
action plan and look at how they can implement ideas and strategies into their own work or
service.

Objective Achieved: YES
The programme was designed to be a way of raising issues, opening up dialogue and help
participants to look at how they could implement any ideas or learning. After each morning session
with Loud Mouth Educational Theatre Company there was an afternoon session with key
professionals in Warwickshire to explore how this could be achieved.

The following comments show some of the ideas and plans participants had after taking part in the
session.

Improve communication skills.

Plan PSHE lessons in relationship building for Year 11.

Communicate to staff and management awareness of facilities.

To feedback to my team to spread the info I have learnt.


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In my interviews / visits to clients…try not to put people in „boxes‟.

To share with colleagues and influence other‟s thinking by challenging people‟s behaviour.

One to one with clients and in groups.

In writing further work packs / training packs to use with young people and practitioners. I will
hopefully listen carefully to what young people are saying and approach them with a more open
mind.

I will evaluate my working practice and see how I can make improvements.

To support Network Childminders taking part in the „Care To Learn‟ project.

Will start young parents‟ sessions at my place of work.

Will work alongside schools / teachers to address the needs of school age parents, especially dads!

Challenge others more confidently – ensure I don‟t focus too much on the negatives but proactively
look at challenging.

To make sure and try to include fathers more and to provide a better service to young people and be
more approachable.

Consider the needs of young fathers more.

Links with other agencies.

Give feedback at our full team meeting and take some of the leaflets back and also raise the plight
of young dads. Connexions needs other help here.

…encourage others to attend this training.

By initiating PYP‟s (preparing young parents groups) in Warwick district.

I now know of other organisations and support networks that can help young parents, which I will
contact in the future. I will be aware of how vulnerable and alienated young parents feel and adapt
my role to support this.


Conclusion
The project has been successful in meeting the set aims and objectives. The project was able to
work with a diverse mix of professionals across Warwickshire and from the participants‟ evaluation
showed a change in the way professionals thought about young parents. Most participants enjoyed
the approach and use of drama as well as the quality of the research, acting and facilitation.


Recommendations
There were a few elements of the project that could be changed or improved on if it were to be
repeated in the future.

   The venues used were not always appropriate or adequately heated. This was partly due to the
    need to find different venues across the county. Now that the programme is known about it may
    be possible to reduce the number of venues e.g. one in the North and one in the South and
    focus on Rugby Football Club in Rugby and Manor Hall in Leamington.
   Some participants felt that the afternoon sessions repeated a lot of the work covered in the
    morning and were too long. A shorter less structured afternoon session may provide a
    networking opportunity and sharing of ideas raised by the interactive drama in the morning.
   There were groups of professionals who did not attend that would be good to reach with the
    work. GPs, elected members and managers of services chose not too attend these sessions
    and yet they can be the individuals who could benefit from the training. It has also been

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    suggested that the training could be used in training departments or as part of the induction
    training for new health, social care and education professionals.
   It is vital that the training continues for new staff coming into jobs in Warwickshire and for staff
    who have not attended previous sessions. We would propose that six sessions are booked
    through out the next year to accommodate these professionals.
   Many participants were worried that they may have to be involved in role play, which is not the
    case. It is important that any future information sent out to advertise future sessions of
    Stereotypes clearly states that there is no role play. Loud Mouth Educational Theatre Company
    can help by producing a reply slip/flyer with information about the training that can be used as
    publicity by WTPPB.




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