WLZ has five values that drive the way we work internally and with stakeholders. They inform the shared principles which we ask all our anchors and partners to agree to before starting with WLZ (see below).
Our values are expressed in the acronym CLEAR:
We believe in the power of individuals and organisations working together towards a shared vision, despite real and imagined boundaries, across communities, sectors and systems.
Our work is rooted in the community. We believe that every community has the networks, knowledge and capabilities to enable local people to fulfil their potential, when these assets are properly identified and organised.
We are committed to collecting relevant data and analysing what works. We believe the best decisions are informed by critical evaluation of robust evidence. We believe failure is key to learning. We aim to lead by example in our willingness to share what we know and what we don’t know.
We believe in openness, even when it is difficult. We make ourselves accountable to the communities we work with, and we hold others to account on behalf of these communities.
We believe that relationships are key to achieving change, and we promote the formation and maintenance of constructive relationships across our work.
Our vision is that young people arrive in adulthood safe, healthy and happy. This ambition demands a consistent approach among all the people and organisations working with a child or young person.
We summarise below the principles that everyone involved in WLZ agrees to follow. They are explained more fully in this blog post.