Module 2: perspectives on working with young people: facilitator's guide

6.1 Young people and social justice

Page last updated: 2004

Young people can feel excluded from the employment, political, health, housing, financial and legal systems, through lack of understanding and limited experience in dealing with these systems and often a feeling of not being heard.

Frontline workers need to be aware of some basic social justice principles that should guide our individual, organisational and systemic work with young people.

These basic principles are:

  • Access - equality of access to goods and services
  • Equity - overcoming unfairness caused by unequal access to economic resources and power
  • Rights - equal effective legal, industrial and political rights
  • Participation - expanded opportunities for real participation in the decisions which govern young people's lives.

Brainstorm exercise

Question - How does your organisation apply social justice principles in their work with young people?

Answer:
  • access
  • equity
  • rights
  • participation
Question - How could you increase social justice for the young people you work with?

Answer:
  • access
  • equity
  • participation
  • confidentiality
  • advocacy
  • community development
  • education, information.