How to use this website when working with young women
Sometimes when we are engaging with young people for the first time, or after a critical incident, it can be hard to find common ground. It might be hard for young people to feel heard and understood. To not feel alone. To trust the person they are talking to. You might feel unsure of how to proceed or uncomfortable raising certain topics. Your attempts to establish rapport may be met with resistance, hostility or disengagement.
Watching some stories on this website with a young person can be a useful icebreaker to having a meaningful conversation or to finding the right person or service for that young woman to be talking to. To use the website to work with young women, it is important that you are familiar with the story or stories that you are going to share so take a note of which stories might be most helpful in your work, and think about how you can use it with a young woman.
When you are with a young women, ask if they are willing to watch a story with you. Consider which stories might be helpful bearing in mind any stories you think may be upsetting. Explain that you would like to understand more about what is happening for them (not just focussing on a single behaviour), say you were looking at stories on this website and you were wondering if any of them were similar to experiences that they have had.
After you have shared a story with a young person, discuss what they felt was similar or different for them. This opens the door for you to have a more general discussion about what is happening in young women’s lives at home, at school and elsewhere and this helps create a shared understanding which may lead to a personal and safe discussion.
Lastly, stories from this website can also be shown to small groups of young women to ask if there are issues here that they relate to, that they think you / your organisation should know more about.