An expert meeting, sponsored jointly by the DfID supported Safe Passages to Adulthood (SPA) Programme and the World Health Organization's Department of HIV/AIDS, on Working with Especially Vulnerable Young People, took place in Brighton, UK, between 6-8 December 2001. Participants from a wide variety of countries were invited to describe their experiences working with young people, with special emphasis being placed on HIV/AIDS preventive work. The groups of young people represented fell into three main categories, although it is recognised that the associated vulnerabilities often overlap:
- young people who sell sex
- young people who inject drugs
- young migrants and refugees
Participants came from a variety of projects in developing, transitional and developed countries, with a focus on programmes conducted in resource-constrained settings. As a result of the meeting, this guide to good practice was produced.
The introduction describes the meeting, its aims, participants, and the projects and organizations represented, which came from Africa, Asia, Europe and Central and South America.
Section 2 entitled 'The background' discusses young people and risk, and risk and vulnerability.
Section 3 describes the Projects. Descriptions of each project are augmented with short case studies. Case study descriptions are organised regionally to facilitate comparison.
A variety of lessons emerged from the projects and programmes reviewed. In the final section, some of these are summarised as a step towards identifying elements of best practice.
Appendices list the participants, and other publications of the Safe Passages to Adulthood Programme.
Preventing HIV/AIDS and Promoting Sexual Health Among Especially Vulnerable Young People. Guide to Good Practice, Safe Passages to Adulthood, University of Southampton, UK, ISBN 0 85432 783 5, 58 pp.