Access all areas
Monday 18 June 2012
Mencap in Northern Ireland helps to create a new diversity tool kit for those working with young people
A new diversity tool kit for anyone working in the youth work sector in Northern Ireland, including those working with people with a learning disability, was launched today (Monday 18 June).
The Access All Areas tool kit, produced by Youthnet and the National Youth Council of Ireland, is a self-assessment tool to enable people to examine how they work and engage with young people from black and minority ethnic communities, young travellers, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender young people, young people with a disability, early school leavers, young people involved in the juvenile justice system, young parents and young people with mental health issues. It is envisaged that the toolkit will be added to and amended as practice develops.
The tool kit, which is available as a hard copy or online, contains a guide on working inclusively with all young people, a checklist of inclusive actions and links to online resources. Mencap in Northern Ireland staff Colette Slevin and Helen McVitty-O’Hara contributed to the chapter on working with young people with a learning disability, ensuring that the information on working with young people with a learning disability was accurate and up to date.
It was launched in Dundalk by children and youth affairs minister Frances Fitzgerald. At the launch event, youth work practitioners heard from young people on their experiences of inclusion and were able to take part in a workshop on embedding inclusion and receive a copy of the toolkit.