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Analysis & resources

Analysis & resources

Ara Taiohi is committed to raising the standards and accountability of those who work with young people. To ensure that you have access to the latest research and resources of interest to the sector we manage a resource centre.

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We also initiate sector-wide analysis and develop resources in response to emerging issues and requests for further support. Learn more about our work in this area and download all of our publications below.

Snapshot 2015

The purpose of Snapshot 2015 is to get a picture of the rainbow youth support sector and identify strengths and gaps. Snapshot 2015 happened in two parts: the Snapshot form, a questionnaire designed to gather information about the capacity of organisations across the country that were supporting rainbow young people and the Snapshot Forums. The Snapshot Forums took place in three cities: Christchurch, Auckland and Hamilton. We also had a number of one-on-one conversations with people at various events and hui that we personally participated in as well as several people who chose to participate via email.

Snapshot highlights the strengths, identify gaps and emerging themes to better inform the support (or gaps in support) being provided to the sector and will be given back to the rainbow sector as a resource that can be used to shape ideas and goals. We will work with the rainbow youth support sector to determine the best audience and use of the information and publish the full analysis later this year. So far Ara Taiohi has used the information to help assist the assessment panel in their allocation decisions of the 2015 Queer/Trans* Grants. The first overview was published 1st December 2015.

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Braided Pathways

In May 2014 Ara Taiohi carried out a national youth sector survey; 499 people from the wider youth sector completed the online survey, representing the breadth of people who work with young people in Aotearoa. This included feedback from people working in health, education, justice and youth development. It included youth workers, counsellors, youth mentors, social workers, managers, advisors, coordinators, and researchers. It included people working in community, kaupapa Māori, church or faith-based, sports and recreation, and youth service organisations; in schools, training providers, tertiary education providers, ITOs, PHOs, DHBs, local and central government; and people who indicated their organisations targeted young people from Māori, Pacific, Asian, refugee/migrant, rural and LGBTIQ communities.

An accompanying report, Stepping Stone looks at the youth worker subset of survey participants. Stepping Stone focusses on the 33% of participants who identified as youth workers, drawing comparisons against the 2006 Real Work report, and begins to paint a picture of the changes since 2006, particularly within the context of the professionalisation of youth work.

Braided Pathways identifies some key areas for Ara Taiohi to focus on, including;

  • facilitating a stock take that informs the mapping of the youth sector to support greater provider collaboration and referral pathways,
  • supporting training and partnership models that ensure the necessary cultural competencies of workers working with diverse young people, including Māori and Queer/Trans* young people,
  • with close to half of all full-time employed respondents making less than the average annual income of $51,532, working to address the low pay of people working with young people,
  • working to increase the uptake of external supervision to ensure the safety of our workers,
  • the professionalisation of youth work, and looking at what role the Code of Ethics can play for non-youth workers working with young people,
  • strengthening our work connecting the sector,
  • encouraging more NZ-focussed and sector specific research (this report highlights a number of areas that are worthy of further research).

Published 24 June 2015.

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Stepping Stone

In May 2014 Ara Taiohi carried out a national youth sector survey; 499 people from the wider youth sector completed the online survey, representing the breadth of people who work with young people in Aotearoa.  Of those 499, 165 (33%) identified as youth workers and we were able to separate out this data subset (including three youth work specific questions) to draw some comparisons against the National Youth Workers Network Aotearoa’s Real Work: a report from the national research project on the state of youth work in Aotearoa, and start to paint a picture of the changes since 2006, and begin to understand what youth work in Aotearoa looks like today.  Stepping Stone sits within the wider analysis of the full survey, which is presented in Braided Pathways: A Report on the 2014 Ara Taiohi National Youth Sector Survey.

This report sits within the context of the Ara Taiohi Pathway to Professionalisation group’s work and identifies some key areas for Ara Taiohi to focus on, including;

  • the professionalisation of youth work - and for this to necessarily include working with training providers to ensure qualification pathways are accessible both in terms of locality and cost, advocating for change to the current state of low pay for youth workers, a structure for better assurances of quality standards and access to the necessary training to reflect that,
  • advocating for better resourcing of the sector’s work and supporting increased collaboration and more connected services,
  • support for existing youth networks and the development of new ones,
  • increasing access to Code of Ethics training,
  • more NZ-focussed and sector specific research (this report highlights a number of areas that are worthy of further research).

Published 24 June 2015.

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Te Hautaki

Te Hautaki o Ara Taiohi was set up to give members and potential members of Ara Taiohi the opportunity to talk about what they wanted from a sector peak body, to explore how Ara Taiohi might work and connect at a local level. The priorities identified through Te Hautaki are incorporated into our work activities to ensure the voices of our members are embedded in our work and shape the development of the sector. The first Te Hautaki in 2012 involved 4,600km of travel, five months of planning, the support of many local organisations, eleven hui and more than 250 people engaged across the country.

Themes from the eleven hui

  • Isolation
  • Connection
  • Raising the standard of practice
  • Professional development
  • Advocacy and collaboration

A number of themes spanned across multiple caucuses. There is a need to ensure advocacy and leadership on overarching themes takes place across the sector as well as within caucuses. This collaborative way of working also needs to extend to government and sector agencies working with and for young people.  As a sector we need to look for opportunities to collaborate, work together to raise the issues and be a united voice.

You can read the full report below.

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Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa New Zealand defines key values and standards for youth workers in Aotearoa New Zealand. It was developed to ensure that youth work is carried out in a safe, skilled and ethical manner. It was written by youth workers for youth workers and intended to be a regularly reviewed, living document.

The Code provides guidance for youth workers and others working with young people on how to keep themselves and the young people they work with safe, acts as a means for youth workers to hold each other accountable, protects the credibility of youth work and is a reference point for youth workers to develop ethical awareness.

Developed around the six principles of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa, the Code is comprised of 27 clauses critical to effective, ethical youth work practice and practical examples of how they might apply in youth work. It’s intended to be consistent with the responsibilities of Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti, agreed to in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We ask Ara Taiohi members who are youth workers or who employ youth workers to use the Code as a framework for their practice including supporting youth workers to familiarise and train themselves in the full Code of Ethics.

The Code of Ethics was first published in 2008 and the second edition was released in February 2011.

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The Code of Ethics for youth

A poster has been developed by young people for young people to understand what they can expect from a youth worker who uses the values and standards of the Code of Ethics with young people. 

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Youth Week media kit

Getting your Youth Week event well publicised is key to its success. Ara Taiohi has developed a media toolkit with hints and tips on how to maximise online and offline media exposure such as Facebook, Twitter, how to write a media release and a whole bunch of other stuff. While there is no one perfect formula for working with media, this toolkit can guide you through some of the basic elements.

This toolkit will be useful for anyone organising events or activities.

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