Written by Helen Baxter-Smith, Capability Lead at the EPC.
Helen argues that children and young people should not be viewed as “little adults”, or simply as extensions of their parents, by emergency planners. They react differently to the experience of disaster and they are just as vulnerable to its effects, in the short-term and the long-term. They should, in fact, be valued not just in terms of their needs, which can be quite different to those of the adults, but also for their contribution. They can help us understand what those needs are and actually contribute positively if they are engaged in community preparedness and recovery. Professional emergency planners know this.
One of the experiences that marginal and excluded groups of all types are prone to is the sense of being “talked past” by experts and authorities who communicate but don’t include. But the UK civil protection community has made great progress in the in this field, which is a solid and undeniable achievement by the whole profession. So Helen’s paper is part of a very positive trend to greater inclusivity; if your work involves planning for community recovery after emergencies we suggest you really need to read it.
Check out our new way of presenting papers; there’s a summary (a 5-minute introduction – the core idea), the full paper (a 1 hour study – the detail) and a collection of the tools and templates it puts forward (the practical “stuff”).
We hope you find it useful. Let us know what you think!
How We Present This Paper
We start by recognising that everyone has far too much to read these days!
So we want to help you be selective and smart – making sure that the investment of about 1 hour in reading this paper is worthwhile in the context of your role and responsibilities.
So, this is how we are doing it:
1. The very short introduction
This is 1 side of A4 – about a 5-minute read.
This will suit you if you don’t need the technical detail, but do want to know if it is something that your experts or teams should know about. It introduces the paper and explains what the problem is that it is trying to solve. It will give you a basic framework for asking the right questions if you need assurance from your teams that they are doing the right things.
2. The paper
If you work directly in emergency and disaster risk, or lead a team delivering resilience services, you need the full technical detail and a smart understanding of its context. We think you should read the whole paper.
3. The template and tools
The paper contains 7 models. We have included the models as separate documents that you may download (
) and use freely; we only ask for a fair acknowledgement. Each is given in the text of the main paper but also in this section with a short explanation of the use or value of each one.