A different way of working
We respect the essential uniqueness of each person and yet acknowledge the bonds that bind us to one another. We acknowledge, that the young people we work with are traumatised and have been negatively affected by many forces, most beyond their control. However, we believe in great things for the young people and hold realistic expectations of their capacity to overcome and to succeed.
For example this would look like: Talking calmly and listening to each other
For example this will look like: Being aware of each other’s emotional and mental state and being supportive, rather than denigrate others
For example this will look like: Staff analysing their role in situations and what impact this has on young people
Staff working in Holy Spirit College need to be prepared for the uncertainty that comes from entering into dialogue and a process of resolving conflict to enfranchise young people.
‘Staff require a capacity to be honest and need an ability to sit in the grey, that is, not having immediate answers or solutions for complex issues. Holding the complexity of challenging situations and allowing a solution to emerge that involves young people having a voice in the process, is central to this way of working. It requires adults to let go of preconceived outcomes and enable young people to be genuinely empowered.’