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The Engage Programme NCB Northern Ireland - advocacy & lobbying workshop

The Engage Programme NCB Northern Ireland - advocacy & lobbying workshop



As part of the ENGAGE programme, NCB Northern Ireland facilitated workshops on advocacy and lobbying for organisations funded under the Big Lottery’s Reaching Out Empowering Young People Programme ...

As part of the ENGAGE programme, NCB Northern Ireland facilitated workshops on advocacy and lobbying for organisations funded under the Big Lottery’s Reaching Out Empowering Young People Programme (ROEYP).

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  • Read this general description before reading bullet points: “The Advocacy service offers children and young people with care experience a confidential service outside of social services where they can get advice, information and support.
  • The aim was to avoid the young person having to tell their story over and over again. Divided into 3 sections:- Part 1 is info the young person may find easy to share with everyone e.g. people in my life, family, friends, education Part 2 is more private info e.g. relationships, sexuality, drugs & alcohol Part 3 is info which can be put in a Person Centred Plan
  • The guides:- Care …but not as we know it This guide answers questions a child / YP might have about going into care e.g. Where will I live? What can I expect? How will I stay in contact with my family and friends? This is my coming into care guide (aged 10 or under) Aimed at those aged 10 or under, it uses illustrations to answer some of the questions a child / YP might have on coming into care A-Z of Leaving Care This guide is designed to help answer some of the questions a child / YP leaving care might have e.g accommodation, jobs, money
  • What to do guides Provide ideas and suggestions for what to do in your local area. Use with mentors. Leaving Care? Lost? Written by the Young Reps & launched at a Leaving Care Conference in 2005, this guide outlines the new services a child / YP is entitled to when leaving care under the Children (Leaving Care) Act (NI) 2002.
  • Short into to TRP and LGBT sector.
  • Everyone has SO. Often referral to behaviour exclusively. Bear in mind feelings behaviour and identity.
  • UK Treasury and DTI figures for Civil Pship 2005. 10% Kinsey 1953. One of largest minority groups. Statutory employment of specialist BME workers. No LGBT staff?
  • YouthAction NI and the Consumer Council believe that young people are more likely to engage in initiatives which they feel real ownership and in which they can make decisions about factors impacting on their lives. Talking wall methadology
  • Youth friendly – first time for consumer council
  • Young people were also aware of and had a desire for more options in the range of public transport services available. They felt that this would help increase uptake among young people. These include extending the rail network to cover more area’s, more access to community transport and other options including bicycle hire scheme.
  • Availability of public transport: 60% noted that services were not within walking distance or not at the right time of the day. Lack of choice: young people from rural area’s in particular felt that there was little or no choice of public transport to them- 34% of young people in Northern Ireland use rural transport. Cost of public transport: this was one of the biggest factors for young people. The young adults whom participated felt that there should be discounts available for students whom are studying part time or in the evenings.
  • There was a heavy reliance on family and friends to get lifts to where they needed to go. This they felt had an impact on them wanting to be more independent.
  • They also got the chance to take a guided tour of Stormont Many of the young adults got the opportunity to speak to the media about the research and the part they played in it all

The Engage Programme NCB Northern Ireland - advocacy & lobbying workshop The Engage Programme NCB Northern Ireland - advocacy & lobbying workshop Presentation Transcript

  • The Engage ProgrammeAdvocacy & LobbyingWorkshop
  • Workshop Aims• To clarify the difference between advocacy and lobbying• To share examples of practice from both advocacy and lobbying• To gain a deeper understanding of what works in relation to advocacy and lobbying on behalf of children and young people
  • Workshop format• Definitions & clarification of terms• Advocacy & lobbying work examples VOYPIC Hope Centre NEXUS
  • Workshop format• The view from the other side – being lobbied• Summing up, resources and evaluation• Lunch
  • Definitions - Advocacy• Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the services they need (Action for Advocacy, 2012).• Advocacy can be defined as an individual being supported to express views, communicate choices and receive services or participation as a result (Advocacy Resource Exchange, 2012).• Advocacy may be within services (e.g. mental health) or independent
  • Definitions - Lobbying• Lobbying is the practice of individuals and organisations trying to influence the opinions of MPs and Lords. Methods of lobbying vary and can range from sending letters, making presentations, providing briefing material to Members and organised rallies ( www.parliament.uk)• Lobbying means, in a professional capacity, attempting to influence, or advising those who wish to influence, the UK Government, Parliament, the devolved legislatures or administrations, regional or local government or other public bodies on any matter within their competence (Public Affairs Council, 2012)
  • Summing up• Advocacy & lobbying – definitions & distinctions• Barriers and enablers to effective practice• The expertise that is in the ROEYP family• Resources
  • NCB Northern IrelandAlbany House73-75 Great Victoria StreetBelfast BT2 7AFTel : 0208 9089 1730Email : ncbni@ncb.org.ukWeb : www.ncb.org.uk
  • The Nexus Institute 1984 - NEXUS works to respond to the needs of adults who have experienced sexual abuse and violence by:•Providing an effective professional counsellingservice for everyone 16+•Providing high quality training to key individuals•Increasing awareness of the issue of sexual violence andits consequences throughout the community throughresearch, public awareness and information services.
  • What we do• One to one counselling – 1100 sessions monthly across NI• Education and Awareness programme (lottery funded) 4 Regional Offices/34 Outreach Sites Belfast Portadown Derry Enniskillen Currently over 404 men and women on our waiting list
  • Definition of Sexual Abuse“Actual or likely exploitation of a child. The involvementof children and adolescents in sexual activities they donot truly comprehend to which they are unable to give informed consent or that violate the social taboo’s of family roles (Children’s Order NI 1995)
  • Why did we lobby???• Experience and knowledge• Survivors of sexual violence didn’t have a voice• To ensure that sexual violence would remain at the top of the health agenda• To ensure that we could continue to provide our specialist service to survivors
  • What we did• Met with all influential stakeholders, ie, councillors, MP’s, MLAs REGULARLY• Gained a lot of exposure via media, (tv, radio,newspapers etc) responding to high profile cases• Included the voice of the survivors whenever we could.
  • The Icing on the Cake• A meeting was held between our Director and the then Minister of Health, Des Brown in July 2003.• A promise was secured (in writing) to commission research to determine the extent of sexual violence throughout Northern Ireland.• Persistent lobbying with successive MLAs and health ministers in the interim• Sympathetic ministers
  • Development of Strategy• Nexus and other relevant Groups met to discuss the shape of the Strategy:• What it should do• Who it would target• Draw up an Action plan• Establish Sub groups to work on the various topics such as support, prevention, justice
  • Launch of Strategy• Nexus presented at the official launch of the Sexual Violence Strategy 2008.• It was launched by Minister McGimpsey and Minister Goggins in Stormont
  • The Real Work begins…..• Strategy sub-Groups set up to agree the way forward• Time commitment to meet monthly and work on implementing the actions• Nexus is represented in all the sub-groups
  • Benefits of Strategy• Opportunity to make a difference to lives of survivors of sexual abuse and violence• More awareness of issue• More funding• Opportunity to work closely with similar groups• Opportunity to keep sexual violence at the top of the health agenda
  • Where we are at currently• Coming to end of four year strategy• Many things have been achieved: sarc, changes to law, directory of services, pr campaign• Strategy now merging with DV strategy in 2013• Nexus will continue to remain involved and ensure the victims of seuxal violence have a voice
  • OUR MISSIONo VOYPIC is an independent regional voice that seeks to empower and enable children and young people with an experience of care to participate fully decisions affecting their lives.o Our aim is to improve their life chances, through working in partnership with children, young people, staff, managers, agencies and government.o We do this through listening and learning and facilitating change which impacts and influences legislation, policy and practice.
  • WHO WE AREo VOYPIC is a charity that was set up by 50 young people and professionals in 1993o It is an organisation that works throughout Northern Ireland, independent of social services and works with children and young people in residential care, foster care, leaving and aftercare or any child or young person who has an experience of care.o We as an organisation, want to help children and young people with an experience of being in care, have their voices heard and to have impact on the issues and decisions that affect them.
  • WHAT DOES VOYPIC DO?o Advocacyo Mentoringo Participationo Policyo Research
  • VOYPIC’s Advocacy ServiceVOYPIC provide an independent and skilledservice to represent the rights of children andyoung people in Care.
  • VOYPIC Advocacy“Advocacy” means providing an independent and skilled service to represent the rights of children and young people in care. It involves helping children and young people to:• Learn about their rights• Learn about the services to which they are entitled• Make informed choices• Ask for services and adherence of their rights• Ensure that the services they receive are appropriate and take account of their age, gender, race, religion, culture, language, physical or mental health, or sexual orientation
  • Components and Services within the Advocacy project AccessibilityIndependence Promoting good Setting standards & practice reviewing practice Training advice Advocacy Project Individual/ Representation Group Support Awareness raising Consultation Support Confidentiality
  • Advocacy the service ADVOCACY GROUP INDIVIDUAL CAMPAIGNIssue based Case work Challenge •Regional proactive Regional -all profiling of an issue Action based elements •Recommendations group work of care •Implementation
  • Individual Advocacy
  • Active Cases by HSCT Area at 19th March 2012 Active cases by HSCT End of year 2012 180 155 160 140 120 100 80 60 43 36 32 40mNab 22coeu 20srf 20 2 0 Belfast Northern Regional South Southern Western total Eastern HSCT Area
  • Individual Advocacy in Practice Foster Care Supported Residential Accommodation Care Leaving Secure Care Care Advocate Mental Woodlands Health JJC Hydebank Hospitals YOC
  • Issues in Individual Advocacy– Leaving care – No accommodation– Pocket money – Contact with parents/siblings– Sanctions – Post adoptive– Financial support contact– Mental Health – LAC Review Tribunals – Education– Concerns about – Support in legal placement process– Appropriate adult
  • Diversity of Issues Care Plan 10Active Cases by Issue Complaint 5 End of Year 2012 Contact 15 Education 5 Family Group Conference 3 22 3 10 JJC 3 11 5 1 LAC Support 13 15 Leaving Care 10 Legal 9 5 3 Mental Health 540 3 Other 10 13 Placement 40 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker 1 10 10 9 Young Parents 11 5 Youth Conference 2 Advice, Information and Support 2 N/A 3
  • Speak Out Be Heard! Advocacy Line
  • Process Overview Referral is MadeAdvocate Assigned Initial Meeting Action Planning Resolution Support Options
  • Individual Advocacy in PracticeLooked After Child ReviewsChild Protection Case ConferencesCore Group MeetingsCourt SettingsPre-proceedings meetingsYouth ConferencesRisk Assessment MeetingsSafety in Partnership Meetings
  • Speak Out Be Heard! Visiting Advocacy
  • Speak Out Be Heard! Advocacy Surgeries
  • Resource - Listen To Me • A workbook that records personal information about the child or young person • Can be used to complete a Person Centred Plan
  • Our Advocacy Advice pack Leaflets entitled ‘A young person’s guide to:- • Mental Health Review tribunals • Care Orders • Secure accommodation • Article 8 orders • Emergency Protection Orders • The Gillick Principle
  • Resource - Talking Tools
  • Our care guides• Series of 3 guides• Available to download from our website• Interactive guides accessible via our website http://www.voypiccareguides.org/
  • Other publications• What to do guides• Leaving Care? Lost?
  • Young People’s Comments The Best Thing about VOYPIC’S Advocacy Service is?• You feel like you are being listened to.• They listen to you and assist your needs. They help you when help is needed.• Having someone there to listen to me and getting end results.• It gives you relevant information and ensures your views are represented.• I always had someone I could contact and discuss any concerns I had.
  • Lobbying & AdvocacyAn LGB&T Perspective Matthew McDermott – Equality Officer Harriet Long - Advocacy Officer
  • What is Sexual Orientation? Sexual Orientation is a person’s attraction, whether emotional, psychological and/or sexual, to people of the opposite or same gender. This includes Feelings Behaviour Identity
  • Gender IdentityGender Identity describes people’s expression ofthemselves as male or female. This is different tosexual orientation.Gender Dysphoria is when someone feels as thoughtheir visible gender does not match how they feel insideto some degree. It can also be called gender variance(from social norms), or gender variant behaviour. It is nota mental illness but a biological condition influenced bypre-natal development.
  • What is Transgender?Transgender or Trans is the umbrella term given todescribe individuals, behaviours and groups whosegender identity is different from the sex assigned to themat birth and/or describes individuals, behaviours andgroups whose gender identity does not conform toconventional notions of male and female.Gender Identity describes people’s expression ofthemselves as male or female. This is different tosexual orientation.
  • How many LGB&T people are there?• It is estimated that between 6% - 10% of the UK population are Bisexual, Gay or Lesbian.• This would mean that between 168,500 and 101,100 people in Northern Ireland fit into this groupBased on National Statistics 2006, estimated population for NI of 1,685,000.• There are between 80-100 people who identify as trans that are accessing support services. Many are invisible and/or isolated.
  • Lobbying • Influencing government• Opposing government policy
  • Advocacy• Two way street – between individuals/groups/communities and public services etc• Awareness raising• Emotional support but distance• Important relationship between experience and societal systems/structures
  • Aims of Advocacy scheme: To support LGB & T people in Belfast to reduce the fear of crime and discrimination.To improve communication between services to help people live safely, free from abuse and discrimination.To inform and raise awareness of issues, barriers faced and sensitivities for LGB&T people and their families. Who can use this service?This service is available to all people who identify as LGB & T and their families and partners.
  • Questions?matthew@rainbow-project.org harriet@rainbow-project.org
  • Youth work being political Campaigning on......  Improved public transport services for young people Gathering evidence about need and identifying recommendations to improve services Presenting evidence to politicians Working in partnership with politicians and service providers to implement recommendations
  • How did it come about?In 2010 the Consumer Council approached YouthActionNI about carrying out research on young peoplesexperiences and attitudes of public transport and howthey felt it could be improved.Recognising YouthAction’s previous research ‘Sense of Belonging’
  • The aim of the research?The aim of the research was to:∗Identify young people’s attitudes, views andexperiences of using public transport∗Ensure the needs of young people are considered inthe development of public transport policy andprovision
  • How was the research carried out?Involving young people was central to the research methodology. The research was carried out through YouthAction NI’s Community Leadership Programme in Greater Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and Fermanagh. 38 young people in the Community Leadership Programme piloted, developed and completed questionnaires which they then carried out within their work placements. Young Farmer’s Clubs were also invited to participate in the research to allow for further input for young people in other rural area’s. In total 189 young people completed the questionnaires.
  • Key findings Young People Want To Use Public Transport!57% of young people replied that public transport wasimportant to them55% stated that using public transport was their first choice “I drive to college but trains would be much handier” “Make the Rural Lift service available to everyone”
  • Key findings Young people face barriers which prevent them from accessing suitable transport provisionAvailability of public transportLack of choiceCost of public transport“To get to Enniskillen from Garrison you have to go 7 miles backwards before travelling 24 miles to Enniskillen” “Getting the bus is ok but the prices are getting really dear” “There are no buses after 6pm”
  • Key findings Lack of public transport limits young people in what they can do85% of young people were aware of how the lack of publictransport impacted on their lives whether this was takingpart in after school activities, accessing job opportunities orbeing able to socialise with friends“I feel I have no independence and my plans always have to fit round my parents to give me a lift” “Your parents decide when and how often you go out”
  • What happened next?Young adults who were involved in the transportresearch worked with YouthAction to devise a fifteenminute drama sketch which was presented to theDepartment of Regional Development Committee in theLong Gallery, Parliament Buildings.
  • Off to Stormont we go!All of the young adults who were involved in theresearch got the opportunity to visit Stormont to watchthe drama sketch, see the finished publication and tovoice their opinions to the DRD committee. “I cant believe we did it” “I am so proud of myself”
  • What happened next? Translink talk business..∗ Translink contacted us to help them trial a Young Person’s Travel Discount Card∗ 144 young people throughout Northern Ireland took part∗ 8 week trial – 2 weeks without the card and 6 weeks with using the card∗ This card entitled them to 30% off Metro and Ulsterbus charges as well as 33% off NI Railways∗ This required regular contact with young people via Facebook, phone calls and the use of our texting service
  • We also helped the Consumer Council with the launch of a Young Person’s Travel Guide
  • Findings from the trial....∗ Very positive comments from young people on savings∗ 58% young people still using card with increase to 64% able to use it until December 2011∗ 29% experienced problems using card∗ 48% of those not using card cited the reason as passing their driving test. ∗ ‘It’s helped saving money on way to work or activities that I do that are far away.’
  • Keeping it on the agenda....∗ We met with the DRD Committee to contribute to their own inquiry into public transport∗ We gave a presentation to the DRD Committee on updating them on the recommendations from the ‘Transport Matters’ report.
  • Success!∗ Translink approached us in February 2012 to complete a survey with young people to identify a name for the young person’s discount card.∗ 300 young people were consulted through Facebook, Survey Monkey and through filling in questionnaires .
  • The Consumer Counciland Translink alsogained a “HighlyCommended” fromNICCY’s ParticipationAwards for “Supportingyoung people toparticipate in decisionswhich affect their lives.’
  • Watch this Space... Translink hope to launch the young person’s discount card during the summer period. We are also working again with the Consumer Council around implementing other recommendations from the “Transport Matters” research. One of them which is particularly important to us is ‘ensuring that young people continue to be engaged in how public transport is designed and delivered. ‘ To this end..  We will be utilising our youth poll system to gain current views of young people on public transport.  We are requesting a meeting with DRD Minister and local MLA’s to seek their support to implementing the recommendations.