Youth Voice Journal (YVJ™) is the world's leading peer-reviewed journal publishing theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people and youth work. YVJ™ is published by RJ4All Publications and is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO and ERIH PLUS.

Call for Papers: Special Issue “Young People’s Voices in Public Policy”


Young People’s Voices in Public Policy

Why aren’t young people getting the health and social care services or information they require, and their accounts are often less positive than those of other age groups?

ISBN:978-1-911634-23-2| Publication date: November 2020

Guest Editor: Dr. Darren Sharpe|

Editor-in-chief: Dr. Theo Gavrielides|

Focus and Deadlines

As part of the Youth Voice Journal’s Special Issues, the Guest Editor, Dr. Darren Sharpe, would like to invite you to submit theoretical contributions to “Young People’s Voices in Public Policy. All submitted articles that meet the special issue guidelines will go through a double-blind peer-review process.

The Special Issue will be published in November 2020. The deadline for article submissions is 1 July 2020. Authors are encouraged to contact the Guest Editor with a proposed title and a draft abstract by no later than 1 June 2020.

About the Journal 

The Youth Voice Journal (YVJ®) is the leading, international, multidisciplinary and double-blind peer-reviewed journal specialising in publishing theoretical contributions and empirical research on issues affecting young people all over the world.

The Youth Voice Journal (ISNN 2056-2969) is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, EBSCO Information Services, The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) and Criminal Justice Abstracts. YVJ is also a member of COPE, ensuring we adhere to codes of conduct for journal editors.

The YVJ is managed by an independent Academic and Editorial Board and seeks to provide a reference source for academia, policymakers and youth services internationally.

YVJ™ aims include:

  • Create knowledge and contribute to the literature by publishing high-quality research on issues affecting young people
  • Establish and further develop the youth-led method for research and social policy
  • Provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices
  • Actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policymakers and academia to be published.

The Special issue

This special issue is focused on young people’s involvement in shaping health and social care policy and practice leading to improvements in health and wellbeing outcomes for young people. The transition from childhood to adulthood is an important, fascinating period of life. Young people between the ages of 10 and 25 need particular support and special services, especially those who may be marginalised. They have different patterns of need from younger children and older adults. This special issue is interested in research that has helped to improve health outcomes for young people include developing policy initiatives that focus more specifically on 10-24-year-olds, implementing age-appropriate health promotion and early interventions, commissioning services that meet the unique needs of young people particularly during transition, and taking specific actions to reduce health inequalities by addressing the social determinants of health in this age group. Good health for young people is central to their wellbeing and forms the bedrock for good health in later life. We want to learn about projects and approaches in which young people have helped to ensure health and social care policy is informed, influenced and shaped by the views and lived experiences of young people.

As a result, we encourage innovative research and submissions grounded in youth and youth-led research and centred on the views and experiences of young people.

Guest Editor Dr Darren Sharpe: I am seeking your help to cascade the link across your networks to elicit manuscripts reporting on original research produced with, by and for children and young people (CYP) to shine a spotlight on the different ways CYP  have been able to inform, influence and shape health and social care policy and practice to improve outcomes for CYP, especially in response to COVID-19. I am also looking for reviewers between April and July 2020 to help select the group of manuscripts to constitute the special issue. Please get back and let me know if you are interested.

Editorial Policy 

If you wish and are interested in contributing to the YVJ, please consult our Author Guidelines and Editorial Policy outlining all the key information. We aim to have all manuscripts to be peer-reviewed within a 4-6 weeks’ time frame before being accepted for publication.

The Youth Voice Journal is published by RJ4All Publications, a branch of Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute, which is an international NGO with a mission to advance community and social cohesion, and redistribute power within society at the local, national and international levels.


This entry was posted on March 13, 2020 by in Citizenship.

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