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Using the arts or creative approaches when working with children and young people can often increase the range the activities, open up engagement in new ways of expression and enthusiasm and encourage children and young people to participate in ways that are exciting, fun and inclusive to all ages and abilities. There are no rights and wrongs when it comes to using the arts!

Lots of arts organisations are now working alongside statutory organisations to deliver key services for children and young people because art, drama, music, photography, dance and other art forms offer so many different forms of expression and can be used as mechanisms for consultation or for exploring topics in alternative ways.

The arts can offer pathways back into education, employment or training for children and young people who are disengaged from formal learning environments. The range of case studies here demonstrate the wide range of applications the arts can be used for from photography projects to help with local planning to issue based dance and drama workshops to enable children and young people to speak out about their own experiences.

creative methods How to guideHow to use creative methods for particpation
This How To guide aims to provide help for organisations to get started using creative methods for participation.
This is part of a series of How to guides.
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Case Study: Beyond Enjoying and Achieving - Parenting (218KB MS Word)
Parenting case study illustrating integrated arts offer at 1st Place Children and Parent’s Centre, Aylesbury Estate, Southwark.

Case Study: Beyond Enjoying and Achieving - Referral (217KB MS Word)
Swift and Easy Referral case study illustrating integrated arts offer at Heworth Grange Comprehensive in the North East.

Creative Services Case Studies (647KB PDF)
These case studies aim to highlight some of the models and show the measurable impact that has been achieved. The arts are a powerful tool for change: engaging, inspiring and encouraging children and young people to be involved in their communities, to have access to opportunities they may not have considered before and to learn new skills.

Delivering Local Area Agreements - a digest of research to evidence (518KB PDF)
The purpose of this digest is to help provide local authorities in London with the evidence they need to make the case for placing culture within their new Local Area Agreements (LAAs). This digest should be used with Delivering Local Area Agreements – the contribution of cultural activity.

Delivering Local Area Agreements - the contribution of cultural activity (1.7MB PDF)
This document has been produced to show how culture can contribute to specific indicators within LAAs and to provide supporting evidence. This document provides an overview for each key outcome. These are Stronger and safer communities, Children and young people, Adult health and wellbeing and Local economy.

Act Out! – drama and role play activities. Exercises to use with for 11 to 16-year-olds.

Pupil Engagement through Public Art Evaluation Report (PDF)
This report aims to outline the key findings from the evaluation process and to make recommendations, for further public art programmes in such contexts.

Participation Works Training
Participation Works offer a one day course called How To Use Creative Methods for Participation and is based on the How to guide of the same name. This training course offers participants the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in using creative methods to ensure effective and active participation by children and young people.
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Grants for the Arts is the main funding stream from Arts Council England.


It is important to think creatively when consulting with young people, but especially if you are involving them in youth arts activity.

Delivering Services

Creative Services is a programme designed to help Arts Council England, London work more closely with local authority children’s services.


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How to use creative methods for participation

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