Why should you use BADGE?

All of the young designers Leapfrog worked with had very strong feelings about their support workers wearing identity badges when they are out with young people in a public spaces, such as school.

Referring to the discomfort, and alienation this can trigger, they talked about how “it draws attention to them, it makes them feel labelled and it undermines their confidence”. It gives them the sense that it is “young people in care versus the entire world.”

Do you really need to wear your identity badge all the time?

By giving BADGES to the adults who work with them, the young designers want to encourage them to think about about how wearing badges makes young person feel labelled and consider if they really need to wear their badges all the time.  Just looking at the BADGES the young designers created could spark an interesting conversation between the support worker and the young person.

There are two BADGE designs and a list of exceptions for when it’s okay to wear a badge, which were agreed between the young designers and their youth workers.  The two BADGE designs feature the messages — “Badges are disrespectful and don’t give esteem’ and ‘Biased against difference gets everyone stigmatised’.

A Suggestion for How to Use It

Use BADGE when you want to show how stigmatising a badge can be, make people see things from your point of view, help your support workers to be more sensitive and prove your point in a way that people will understand.

  1. Download and print the BADGE template one of the BADGE templates from this webpage.
  2. Cut it out and put it in the badge holder.
  3. Hand it to someone when you feel that them wearing a badge, around your school for example, is really not helpful to you.
  4. Tell them you’re happy to talk to them about how this makes you feel.
  5. Tell them that you agree with the designers of the tool, who are people like you who didn’t want to be badged by other people’s views of them.

And you can always…

  • Suggest that support workers find the BADGE tool themselves by telling them where to find it.
  • Make your own BADGE that says what you really think.