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?