Youth Workers

As part of this survey, youth workers were asked about their experiences working with young people with disability. They also told us about their understanding of accessibility and self-advocacy, and the kinds of support and information would help increase their confidence when working with young people with disability.

39 youth workers answered the survey, and this is a short summary of what they told us:

Workers’ Experience:

  • 51% of youth workers who responded work with young people with disability all of the time or regularly.

Staff Training

  • 54% of youth workers had not, or were unsure if they had, received disability rights or awareness training

Communication

  • Only 57% of youth workers said they feel confident communicating with a young person with disability

Self-Advocacy

  • 36% of youth workers were unsure, or felt not very confident, explaining self-advocacy to a young person with disability

Factors Youth Workers Think Make A Service Accessible For Young People With Disability:

  • 13 youth workers said that they believed having an attitudinally accessible team (friendly, welcoming, approachable, patient workers) would make their service more accessible to young people with disability

Resources Youth Workers Want To Increase Confidence When Working With Young People With Disability:

  • 13 youth workers said that access to more factsheets and resources about accessibility and inclusivity would increase their confidence when working with young people with disability
  • 12 youth workers said that ongoing training opportunities in disability awareness and self-advocacy would increase their confidence when working with young people with disability

Click here to download a visual summary of the survey results from youth workers.