In our lead up to our GO LIVE date in May we are at that crucial point where we are seeking feedback from as wide a group as possible - so we ask that you fill it out and send it on to anyone and everyone you think would like to have their say. There are other ways of being involved in the development of the professional association - through starfish focus groups, employers hui, and opportunities extended to founding members to feed into specific processes - but this survey is an important point in the process to have your say in the shaping of the professional association. Just click on the survey image below to link to the survey.
This survey has been built upon feedback received through the Starfish Hui in November and the starfish focus groups that followed it. That feedback has also helped us to develop some Frequently Asked Questions to sit alongside and support the survey.
How will our particular context be respected within the professional association?
There were two clear themes to be celebrated from the feedback thus far:
The collective voice and unity of our sector: This comes from our shared kaupapa of youth development. This was expressed as unity and a desire to strengthen this so that our collective voice has more weight and recognition.
Identity and diversity: There was an overwhelming appreciation for the diversity of our sector and the need to ensure this diversity is both celebrated and the autonomy the various contexts of youth work are protected.
There is a tension between these two themes that we navigate as a sector. Key unifying factors included youth development (including the YDSA), a shared commitment to our Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa, and Scope (the developmental assessment tool for youth development organisations).
There are a number of practical ideas that we are currently exploring that will allow us to hold this tension in a healthy way. These include considering reviewing our definition of youth work with a core shared definition that various contexts of youth work may choose to add to in a way that is consistent with our COE, as is likely to be based on a specialist standard from the Scope tool.
This is at a formative stage in its thinking and foundational members input is key.