The Common Third promotes the agency and best interests of young people. In doing so it helps young people to express their innate and intrinsic qualities that are sometimes hidden. The Common Third provides an alternative to targeted and partial young people’s services that give priority to ‘the problem’ rather than the person and their social context and resources. This reflects the idea that young people are objects of concern, sites of human investment, or of risk: ‘future beings’ with developmental or behavioural challenges, rather than resourceful and active agents in their own lives.
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