This year the ‘ALPF’ project formed a sub group from the steering group for the project to look at a set of emerging standards in relation to the inclusion of young people with a disability at a Youth Zone.
At the beginning of the discussions it was clear that what we were focussing on was not the matter of inclusion but equality. We have set out to develop what we talk about which is ‘Equality Standards’ that within OnSide we aim to use as a guide and tool for new Youth Zones to implement into their practice.
An OnSide Youth Zone starts with the principle that every young person is different with different strengths, aspirations and needs. Each Youth Zone is committed to including every young person and to working closely with young people and their families and carers to support participation and getting involved. We take a person-centred approach to inclusion as we believe that this is the best way to enable young people to access the wide range of social, sporting and developmental opportunities that our Youth Zones offer.
We see equality as: Accepting difference in a positive way and we aim to ensure every member understand this principle across our ‘ALPF’ projects.
We are developing a set of toolkits that focus on the induction of young people, legislation and policy, training and development of staff and volunteers in relation to equality, disability and inclusion.