Courageous Advocacy is about making a difference through actions. Seeing a need and acting upon it. It is the act of speaking out against an issue of injustice, about taking responsibility and often on behalf of those whose voice is not heard. It is not just donating to charity or supporting a charity. It can be as simple as turning off a light as you leave the room, to being part of a National or International Campaign.
As a Trust, Courageous Advocacy is something we are passionate about, and it can be seen in all our schools. Each school looks at Courageous Advocacy as part of their vision within the school and all the schools celebrate their pupils and communities, as part of their active culture of justice and responsibility.
All Church of England schools have a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection and Courageous Advocacy is part of this framework. We look at justice and responsibility helping us all to make ethical choices and to be ‘agents of change’. This is not just on a national level but within our local community, our school community and within the class community. Everyone has an opportunity to make a difference.
As a Trust we support all our schools with Courageous Advocacy. Below shows what our schools are doing to be those ‘agents of change’ that ensure a better world, enabling all to flourish. There are also some links to national organisations for schools to support with Courageous Advocacy.
- Christian Aid - https://www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved/schools/courageous-advocac
- Archbishops Young Leaders Award - https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/young-leaders-award
- Youth Social Action – I will campaign - https://www.iwill.org.uk/
- Global Goals - https://www.globalgoals.org/