Message from NCVYS
NCVYS is calling on all children and youth organisations to make the 29 February the one day this year where organisations Stop what they are doing, Look at their safeguarding practices, Listen to young people and take action. NCVYS’s national safeguarding campaign aims to inspire and encourage children and youth organisations to show commitment to improving their safeguarding policies and standards.
Obviously we would encourage our supporters to respond to this call in terms of their own situations.
In a tweet the NCVYS also specifically asks In Defence of Youth Work what we might be doing in our own right. I have offered the following pledge.
Obviously we will publicise the campaign on our IDYW blog, encouraging people to respond. Given the nature of our small organisation, our contribution to trying to protect young people will be to continue arguing the necessity for open, universal youth services underpinned by the voluntary principle, which, as shown by the Rotherham tragedy, offer the opportunity to foster trustworthy and authentic relationships with young people, which unfold over time. So too we will continue to campaign against neo-liberal government policies, that harm young people e.g. the privatisation of youth prisons and that make their future prospects in terms of, say, employment and housing evermore precarious. In doing so we will continue to pause for reflection, to observe what’s going on in society at large and listen to young people’s anger and frustration. Best Wishes.
As ever your thoughts and criticisms welcomed.