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Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

Our Mission and social objectives

42nd Street’s mission is to support young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional well-being and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. We champion young person centred approaches that demonstrate local impact and have national significance.

Our Social objectives are to:

  • Improve well-being and recovery
  • Increase opportunities for young people to shape their own care and influence change
  • Improve and increase inclusion and accessibility to appropriate services and support
  • Increase awareness and reduce stigma

Our Commitment and Action

42nd Street takes its responsibility of making its services accessible to young people with respect to age, race, gender identity, sexuality, disability and faith very seriously. We are committed to working with difference and diversity and this is reflected across our staff team, Board of Trustees, policies and protocols.

In order to ensure that we strive at all times to ensure equality of access there is:

  • An Equality and Diversity policy and Equalities action plan covering all aspects of the service.
  • An active commitment to delivering targeted services to meet the specific needs of young people who can face particular social exclusion for e.g. young carers, young disabled people, BAME young people from black, minority ethnic communities, LGBQT young people, and young people at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation.
  • Targeted recruitment that ensures the staff team and Board reflect the diversity of the communities the Charity serves.
  • Collection and reporting on monitoring data in relation to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith and belief and disability in addition to those who are from priority groups such as young carers or new parents.
  • A Hardship Fund to provide basic physical necessities to young people in need.

A Social Action Programme

Giving young people voice and influence is another critical part of our approach to equality and programme at 42nd Street; the Charity believes that active participation and involvement of young people helps to promote resilience and recovery and also informs the type of services provided so that it best meets the needs of young people. Genuine participatory approaches contribute to safeguarding young people using services by giving them different ways of voicing concerns and raising problems. It also most importantly gives young people the opportunity to develop new life skills. This ethos is embodied in our Peer Ambassador programme, our Peer Research projects, our Legal Education Work and our Creative Agents work. These groups of young people are trained to build on their own experiences and knowledge around young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing and through research, advocacy and campaigning; they help decision makers and wider stakeholders to understand the lived experiences of young people to reducestigma and influence practice and policy locally, regionally and nationally.