Chapter 7 – Transformation as an organisational response
HOW DO YOU INTRODUCE, COMMUNICATE AND EMBED TRANSFORMATION IN YOUR ORGANISATION OR YOUTH SETTING?

Think of this as 3 strategies:

  • Practice what you have learnt on empathic listening and taking a needs based approach.
  • Have team structures in place where learning is shared and supported.
  • Create a whole organisation approach to inclusive practice.

Strategy 1 – Practice what you have learnt

  • Use connecting language, become self-aware when you use non-empathic listening, realise when it is relevant to listen compassionately, know that this learning takes time and practice.
    • Tell your team that you are working on this in your own practice and you want their support to help you reflect on how you are doing.
      • This might involve them feeding back to you after they have observed you with the young people you work with.
      • It may involve your team giving you time to reflect on your personal observations of your practice.
      • Invite your team to practice alongside you.

Strategy 2 – Have team structures in place where learning is shared and supported

  • Ensure you have regular:
    • Team meetings.
    • Supervision i.e. supportive time with a manager to discuss how you are within your role. (Sometimes supervision or mentorship can be with an external supervisor who supports a person around their job performance and development).
  • Develop and display a Dignity at Work policy that supports staff relationships to be respectful, collaborative and supportive.

Strategy 3 – Develop a whole organisational approach to inclusive practice

  • Transformative practice is embedded in an ethos of equality, inclusion, and human rights.
  • For it to become a reality in youth spaces it must also align with the values and practice of the whole organisation – both at a personnel level and at an organisational level.
  • An organisation must critically look at and challenge its own practice.
  • An organisation will take a ‘nothing about us without us’ approach and work with minority and marginalised groups.
  • An organisation will have an ongoing plan in place to incrementally become more inclusive as an organisation.
  • A plan for inclusion can be built using an 8 Step model to look at how inclusion can be embedded. See table below.
WHOLE ORGANISATIONAL APPROACH – 8 STEPS TO INCLUSIVE YOUTH WORK

TRANSFORMATIVE ORGANISATIONS – WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE SAY

In addition to the whole organisation approach presented above consider and incorporate these thoughts expressed by young people from minority and marginalised groups.

“Understand the challenges faced by some young people to participate in certain spaces and what it might take for a young person to walk in the door. We want you to understand our needs”

       1    Create inclusive, supportive, respectful and fluid spaces on our own terms:

  • Facilitate single identity spaces.
  • Support us to run our own programmes and groups and
  • Figure things out with 

       2    Provide supports appropriate to our needs:

  • Sign-post and refer us to relevant services that can help us with specific issues.
  • Be there for us when we are facing discrimination, intergenerational conflict (with parents or with our communities), immigration or legal issues or struggle with identity.
  • Understand how to be a culturally and religiously competent service.

       3    Youth leadership training:

  • Involve us in campaigning, advocacy and any other justice-based work.
  • Trust us to lead in our various communities.
  • Invest in us by training and mentoring us.

4    Commit to an anti-discrimination youth work:

  • Systematically challenge and report discrimination.
  • Provide training to all youth workers and volunteers on understanding discrimination.
  • Support us with the consequences of discrimination on our well-being, safety and mental health.
  • Engage with those who cause the harm in a restorative way.

5   Stand up for us when we need it:

  • Lobby for more resources and funding dedicated to working with us.
  • Commission research.
  • Support and get involved in justice-based campaigns that fight for our rights.
  • Challenge structural injustice and inequalities.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO PREVENT HATEFUL SPEECH AND BEHAVIOUR

OUTSIDE IN – TRANSFORMING HATE

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