At The Hope Service we recognise the importance of preparing our young people for life beyond the classroom. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce core values with our young people.
The Government set out its definition of British values in its 2011 Prevent Strategy and considers them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberties, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. These values are reinforced throughout our day programme and the examples below are an indication of some of the ways we seek to embed them, rather than being an exhaustive list.
Democracy (having a voice and being heard)
The principle of democracy is reinforced with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within our community, for instance young people’s input into our Hope values, our community meetings and service user feedback.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the classroom, the day programme or the country are consistently reinforced during the day. Young people are taught the values and reasons behind the laws – that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when these laws are broken. Visits from authorities like the police, our emergency meetings and regular E Safety training help to reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty (rights and responsibilities)
We encourage young people to make independent choices through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education, therapy and activity sessions. Young people are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to carry these out whilst recognising the responsibilities that come with such rights. Individual Liberty is explored through PSHCE, Morning and End of Day group Meetings, therapy sessions and the young people’s Care Plans.
We actively promote respect for rules and laws, for others and for ourselves and this permeates our day programme provision from our Morning Group session at the start of each day and, through our education, therapy and activity sessions, breaks, lunchtimes and End of Day group session. We advocate for our young people in meetings, including those surrounding care planning and Looked After Child (LAC) Reviews.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved by equipping our young people with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience diversity within the day programme. This is demonstrated through our PSHCE and ASDAN provision, our Morning Group and End of Day group meetings, our menu choices and our challenge of all Anti Discriminatory Practice (ADP).
Staff and young people at The Hope Service believe it is important to recognise a further set of values which reflect our ethos. We have collectively agreed upon the values of kindness, safety and wellbeing, support for each other, individuality and trust which we have combined with the British values to create a set of ‘Hope Values’.