The Verbatim Formula is a socially engaged research project and is also a type of participatory action research. It positions its young co-researchers as experts in their own life experience and in the systems they deal with, aiming to involve the young people in all the stages of the research process. We have been influenced by ideas around the importance of self-representation, challenging stigma and care-ful solidarity.
Our primary methodologies are listening and dialogue. It is important to us that we help to make opportunities for policy makers to listen to experiences of care. We have also worked closely with third sector partners, including Become, the charity for children in care and care leavers, and in close collaboration with the Peer Outreach Team at the Greater London Authority.