Criteria for inclusion into a youth group or club:
- everyone is welcome
- young people help each other
- staff and parents collaborate
- the centre has inclusive values
- respect for all human rights is encouraged
- inclusion is viewed as increasing participation for all
- all young people are valued equally
- the centre counters all forms of discrimination
- all forms of support are coordinated among the staff and individualised where needed
- bullying is not tolerated and is challenged where needed
- staff have undertaken disability awareness training
- specific advice and guidance is sought in order to meet the individual needs of the young person, such as assisting with personal care, manual or people handling, seizure management and specialised training in Autism.
Checklist for inclusion
Checklist to be considered before a young person with a disability is successfully placed in a youth group or club:
- How will the young person get to the group?
- How will the young person get around the building
- Are the toilets accessible?
- What issues arise for club or group outings?
- Will quiet, distraction-free workspaces be available?
- To what level are the young person's self-help skills, such as eating and drinking?
- What equipment will be needed, such as toileting equipment, nappy disposal, standing frames, and technology?
- Does the young person have medical needs?
- What issues may arise for the young person during boisterous activities, such as not coping with high levels of noise?
- Does the young person need adult or mentor support in their mobility around the centre and access to activities or toilets?
- What additional skills will adults need in relation to learning, social, emotional, physical and medical needs?
- What is the plan for training staff?
- How many additional people will need to be trained if the young person needs assistance with feeding or toileting?
- What preparation is necessary for all staff, children and parents before this young person starts attending a youth group or activity?
- Are you promoting that you are inclusive?
- Are the methods of promotion used for your service accessible to all: available on the internet, posters pictorial instead of words, and in accessible language with large font?
If you are unsure about any of the above or would like further information or advice, please see our Youth Inclusion Hub page or contact us:
Youth Inclusion Hub Coordinator, Mencap NI
Telephone: 028 90 690151