Intersectionality: Seeing the whole person [Infographic]

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19 Jun 2020

PhD researchers and joint directors of Listen Up Reseach have contributed to an understanding of intersectionality within social work with young people. Their guide, 'Initial meetings with young people: an intersectional and systemic approach', released earlier this month, emphasizes the importance of first meetings in establising trust and a plan of support and services. For those with a Community Care subscription, click here for the full version of the Guidelines.

The authors invite practitioners to look at intersectionality, and ways of applying it to social work practice, as a tool supporting professional confidence and enhancing trusting relationships.

What does the guide provide for social work practitioners?

  • An overview of the concept of intersectionality with young people as examples.
  • An infographic (below) explaining intersectionality and the experiences of people of colour, teenagers and young women in more detail.
  • Reflection points to develop a practice: How might a young person’s identity (their ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, abilities) and their lived experience with oppression, along with specific risks and harms, affect how they interact with professionals and services?
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