The Centre is committed to ethical youth participation. As the peak body for child and family services, we work alongside young people to provide best practice advice to the sector and beyond.
The journey to ethical and meaningful engagement is rarely straightforward or without hurdles. The Centre is working alongside member organisations and colleagues across the community to develop and advise on best practice, and to constantly update our own approach.
It is also integral that young people are provided with opportunities or encouraged to seek out a wide range of professional pathways – both within and outside of community sectors.
It is vital for community sector organisations to recognise their privilege and power, and to carefully consider their motivations and goals when engaging young people.
The Young Leaders Collective was developed as part of the Centre’s commitment to ethical youth participation and advocacy, reflecting our vision for a world where young people always get a seat at the table.
Piloted in 2018-19 with five young leaders with thanks to funding from Gandel Philanthropy, in 2020 the Young Leaders Collective has expanded with six young people aged 18-24 working as consultants at the Centre while receiving ongoing training, mentorship and support to build their professional and leadership skills. Meeting each week, the Young Leaders will be working on campaigns, communications and events, using their unique perspective and expertise to inform best practice in youth participation and advocacy within the Centre and the broader sector.
As part of the YLC, the Centre will also be running monthly skills workshops and a weekly youth co-working space which are free and open to all young people aged 18-24