Internal Support in QCYF Protocol
This is the protocol describing the internal support structures in place for people working and organising in QueerCare Young Folk (QCYF).
This protocol should be reviewed and amended at least once every three months.
Last reviewed: 2nd February 2021 Next review: W/c 3rd May 2021
Anti-Oppression/Code of Conduct
Everyone joining QCYF agrees to the QCYF Code of Conduct, which centres anti-oppression.
We have one zoom a week, following a monthly schedule of:
- Week 1: Care Debrief
- Week 2: General Meeting
- Week 3: Care Debrief
- Week 4: Skillshare
QCYF fortnightly care debriefs are for people aged 13-19 only. They are facilitated by older teenagers with care experience.
Young people also have the option of attending general care debriefs with the rest of QC. In these debriefs, young people have the option of having their own breakout room. People from QCYF who attend general care debriefs will feed back anything relevant from QCYF care debriefs to the general ones, and vice versa.
On the second week of each month QCYF has a general meeting to discuss internal support (including safeguarding), admin, training & anything else that is not care-debrief-shaped. At the beginning of these there is an optional half hour slot that people can attend to play online games and quizzes.
On the fourth week of each month QCYF has a skillshare.
Skillshares can be on any topic. They can be led by someone in QCYF, someone aged 20+ in QC or someone external. Discussions in QCYF care debriefs and general meetings will inform what each skillshare will cover. Some examples of things skillshares can cover are:
- In-depth training on specific kinds of care or advocacy, eg. reality care or MCA advocacy.
- Managing care more generally, eg. balancing care and education.
- Political education, eg. learning about Mad Rights or Disability Justice movements.
Everyone in QCYF has a general buddy who is another young person in QCYF. This system is reviewed at every general meeting. If you are in QCYF and don't have a general buddy, please fill out this form.
When new people join QCYF they will be put into buddy groups with an already established QCYF buddy pair, to help break down barriers to getting involved and allow for more effective skillsharing. These groups will be based on the buddy groups established during training.
everyone doing care & advocacy will continue to be strongly encouraged to always work with buddies, or with no pii buddies where pii buddies are not possible. buddies for other work will be encouraged as well - action points should not be given to just one person, for example. some of us can probs work on developing the buddy protocol once the training is finished. adult care 'skillshare' buddies as set out in the (draft) safeguarding policies, people aged 18-19 who move to doing care for adults should be buddied with a buddy pair of people aged 20+ who already do care in qc who they can ask questions to & go to if they have any problems. similarly, people aged 18-19 doing care or advocacy for people aged 20+ should be buddied by someone at least a few years older who has experience in care work. it would be good to talk (maybe in a care debrief?) about what we need to do to make this happen, with the knowledge that by the end of the year there will be four people who already do care as qc who will be aged 18-19 (not including people who join after the training).
Everyone doing care and/or advocacy in QCYF is strongly encouraged to regularly (eg. once a week or once a month) self-to-self debrief. A template for doing this can be found in Protocol for Doing a Debrief.
There is an opt-in buddying system for self-to self debriefs. Young people can sign up to have their self-to-self debriefs (PII removed) read over by someone aged 20+ in QC, or by an older teenager in QCYF who has care/advocacy experience. This is to help with problem-solving and to encourage skillsharing. This is an informal and friendly system - there is never any judgement or shame related to any problems that might be discussed in self-to-self debriefs.
If you would like a buddy to review your debriefs, or to volunteer as a buddy to review other people's debriefs, please fill out this form.
Everyone doing care, advocacy and/or protest First Aid is eligible to receive therapy expensed to QC. Please see Accessing Therapy Whilst Working in QueerCare Protocol for information on how to access this.