Values and shared principles


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.


Shared principles for WLZ partners

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.


For children and young people

  1. We have high expectations of all children and young people. This means we are both demanding (expecting the best of them) and supportive (expecting the best for them). We do not make excuses for underperformance, we don’t give up on anyone and we celebrate success.


  1. We are strengths-based, meaning we focus on children and young people’s talents and passions as well as their needs and problems.


  1. We have a strong sense of urgency about supporting children and young people so we work quickly and flexibly, doing whatever we can whenever we can.


For our partnership

  1. We have a one-team approach so that children and young people receive consistent and coherent support. This requires deliberate collaboration and transparency from all parties supporting a child or young person.


  1. We each commit to whole-organisation engagement, from chief executive or head teacher to frontline or classroom workers.


  1. We respect our relationships with the professionals and organisations we work with, doing our best to make things work for each other.


  1. We are honest and transparent, openly addressing failure in order to improve our practice and embedding data and evaluation in (almost) everything we do.


For our staff

  1. We recruit, train and try to keep great people with high levels of energy, commitment and skill. We have high expectations of our colleagues and we provide the training, management and support they need to do their jobs brilliantly.