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Voicelessness In Young People

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In our society young people between the ages of 15 and 24 to a large are rendered voiceless in matters significantly influencing their lives. Studies tend to focus on the perspectives of adults for issues while the views and experience of young people have received little attention (Bolin, 2015, p.51). To empower young people, more systematic advocacy should be granted, whereby they have a voice in changing the social structures that influence their lives (Dalrymple 2005, p. 5). It is further suggested by Dalrymple (2005, p.5) that definitions of advocacy are contingent on concepts of youth as being vulnerable and powerless, due to this the issue of voicelessness can be best explored using the relational approach to youth. The relational approach…show more content…
This problem warrants more attention over other issues as the issue itself is that perspective of young people are given little attention, it is difficult to address issues of which society it unaware. It is suggested that advocacy constructed by adults can have significantly important implications on the way in which it is experienced by young people (Dalrymple 2005, p. 7). Importantly, it has been found that there tends to be a great mismatch between what adults speculated to be important issues and what young people perceived (Goodwin, & Young, 2013, p. 353). In addition, findings suggest that despite legislative requirements to include young people in issues directly related to them, they often feel that they are not taken seriously or listened to (Dalrymple 2005, p. 4). This implies that young people are on the lower steps of Hart’s ladder of participation and are predominantly left unheard in society (Hart 1992, p.8). Dalrymple (2005, p. 5) suggests that advocacy is a critical tool that can be used to overcome the oppression of young people by adults, this in turn can allow them to climb Hart’s…show more content…
However, it is estimated that the prevalence of children under the age of 18 make up approximately 27% of people experiencing homelessness (Abs.gov.au, 2011). It is further suggested that this statistic is an underestimate of the actual prevelance of homeless youth (Perlman, Willard, Herbers, Cutuli, & Garg, 2014, p.363). Furthermore, this accentuates the problem that homeless youth are unheard in society as many are not even known to exist by the government and
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