Best Practice

Our organisation


• We have an inclusion, equality or diversity policy in place that is mirrored by our practice
• We publicly share our inclusion policy or statement (e.g. on our website)


• We have made reasonable accommodation (adaptations) to include young people with fewer opportunities.

• Inclusion is explicitly stated as an aim of our work in other policies and strategies in our organisation including our mission and value statements

We and our organisation non-discrimination practice

• Our organisation is open and welcoming to people from all religions, beliefs and none 
• Our staff and volunteers address racist, sexist, disablist or homophobic and transphobic comments and behaviour

Staff and volunteers

• Staff and volunteers receive training on equality issues, including their responsibilities under equality legislation and under our equality/inclusion/diversity policy


• We have a reporting system for breaches of policy such as incidents of bullying, discrimination and prejudice

The young people in our community group policy/contract

• We have a group contract or code of conduct that is written and agreed upon by the young people and the leader/s
• Our group contract is reviewed as young people join the groups


• Young people from minority and marginalised groups have access to our services based on equity of service (i.e. adaptations have been made, where necessary, to ensure that equal access is possible)

Statement of practice

• We have a group contract displayed when working with a group of young people that includes respect for all and a copy is given to the young people

The young people in our community non-discrimination practice

• Young people are protected from prejudice and discrimination through the use of activities and discussions that tackle these issues
• Young people monitor the implementation of the group contract e.g. they pick up and address any infringements such as the use of banned language