How we’re governed
The primary lever of governance within the Warren is our own internal young persons’ parliament (called ‘The Thing’). The Thing is modelled on a combination of the old Viking Parliament (also called The Thing) and the Putney Debates from the English Civil War. Any young person who comes to The Warren is automatically entitled to be part of The Thing regardless of how often they have been to the Warren or for how long. Within 'The Thing' young people propose, discuss and vote for the services and support they want and staff are tasked with delivering it. Staff can propose ideas and contribute to debate - but they do not have a vote. This process has worked effectively for 32 years and leads us to believe that any organisation looking to enhance their understanding of the needs of young people will need to involve young people at every stage of their decision-making process - and in a tangible non-tokenistic way. This enables young people to be the primary driving force in securing the services they feel they need.
The Thing is linked directly to The Warren Board of Trustees and is represented on that board two young people who ensure that the Trustees are aware of decisions made by The Thing and that the Board of Trustees can in turn support those decisions and ensure that staff comply with their obligation to act and implement those decisions. Click HERE for details of our Trustees and summaries of their professional backgrounds.