Anger Advocacy Project to provide a voice for young people affected by adult anger
Inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
Freedom of Expression
Article 12 of the UNCRC states that ‘Every child has the right to express their views, feelings, and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.'
Freedom of Opinion
Article 13 of the UNCRC states that ‘Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions.’.
Freedom from Violence
Article 19 of the UNCRC states that '...children should be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.
We're aiming to provide every young person in the South Norfolk area, with an Anger Advocate who will provide them with the opportunity to share how they feel when they’ve witnessed angry behaviour.
Often, we adults don’t realise what impact our anger might have on a young person.
With this in mind, may I invite you to just pause for a moment and think back to a time when you were younger and witnessed an adult’s anger. There are many different ways that anger could have been expressed, such as your parents argued, or your mother raised her voice at you.
Can you remember how it made you feel?
Perhaps it didn’t bother you, maybe it was normal in your house, maybe you learned to just ignore it, perhaps you have simply forgotten. However, you may not realise this, but you would have been impacted - particularly in the way you learned to express your own anger.
We have been given the privilege to listen to hundreds of young people share their thoughts and feelings during our anger management sessions, and many tell us that they have felt scared, upset, angry or confused when they hear their parents argue, or see a parent angry.
These thoughts and feelings are amplified when they come to school and witness anger there too.
This can lead to a perpetual cycle of disruptive behaviour in them, or more seriously, self-harming behaviour. Mostly because they haven’t been offered the opportunity to express their thoughts, to voice their opinions, or to share their feelings.
We have been told by many of them that they want to tell their parents, and/or their teacher, just how their angry behaviour has made them feel - but they don’t know how, and even believe they don’t have the right to.
With this in mind - we refer to and summarise Articles 12, 13, and 19 from the United Nations Children’s Fund and their convention on the rights of the child as detailed in our mission statement above.
In view of this, every young person’s voice matters, and their feelings count when adult anger affects them. It is because of this that we are implementing this campaign and have set up a project to provide an advocate to provide a voice for young people affected by adult anger.
If you would like to support this cause and be part of changing the lives of young people, you can do so through sponsoring us, supporting us financially, or train to become onee of our Anger Advocates.