Guidelines for Enhancing the Engagement of People With Lived Experience Across the HSJCC Network
The HSJCC Network recognizes the essential and ongoing value of engaging people with lived experience in the human services and justice sectors. As a cross-sectoral, collaborative network, the expertise and dedication of people who have lived experience has enhanced the impact of our work in countless ways. For HSJCCs to engage people with lived experience in a meaningful manner, it is important that members with lived experience are recognized as experts alongside all other committee members. This requires moving beyond a focus on representation to addressing power imbalances and removing barriers to participation. In turn, committees need to reflect deeply on their existing practices and commit to creating a culture of inclusion.
Guidelines for Enhancing the Engagement of People With Lived Experience Across the HSJCC Network was developed to provide guidance to Local and Regional HSJCCs, and other partners, on engaging people with lived experience in a meaningful and effective way. It contains resources and tools to help committees develop a comprehensive strategy to attract new members, provide effective orientation, address accessibility and equity issues, provide compensation and support, and address privacy and confidentiality concerns.
This resource was developed under the direction of the Provincial HSJCC by the Persons With Lived Experience (PWLE) Advisory Committee.