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What Youths Say Matters: A Historical Look

This issue brief compares the perceptions of youths on facility experiences from Youth Climate Survey responses from October 2010 and April 2016. Topics include living conditions, facility programming, fairness and safety, relationships with staff, connectedness with family and preparedness to return to the community.

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PbS measures and monitors facility practices by collecting and reporting data from administrative records and survey responses from youths, staff and families to provide a holistic picture of the conditions and quality of life in residential facilities, highlights the practices that are effective in promoting youths’ healthy maturation and identifies those that are not. PbS data is reported every April and October.  PbS trains staff to use the information to change practices and support reforms implementing the adolescent development approach.