Strengthening participatory practice with children and young people affected by sexual violence

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Last updated: Thu 11, 2016

Our Voices (2013-2016)

Aim: To engage with children and young people in safe and supported settings to raise attention to their work on preventing sexual violence and to support projects in Europe to develop participatory work with children who have experienced sexual violence.

Countries: Albania, Bulgaria and the UK

Partners: Barnardo's, Engage!, ISIS, Gavroche Association, Pulse Foundation, Different and Equal and Terre des hommes Albania.

Main funder: The Oak Foundation

Project lead: Claire Cody

Project activities included:

  • Coordinating a pan-European ‘call for information’ where services across Europe were asked to share their participatory practice with young people around the issue of sexual violence.
  • Developing a series of consultation workshops exploring young people's role in sexual violence prevention activities facilitated by seven partners with forty-seven young people from Albania, Bulgaria and England.
  • Organising a series of webinars on young people and participation.
  • Hosting a roundtable event bringing together service-providers, young people and policy makers from across Europe.
  • Organising a conference entitled 'young people affected by sexual violence as change makers in prevention efforts: what are the opportunities and what are the risks?'
  • Hosting a workshop with conference participants to discuss participatory practice.
  • Supporting four small scale prevention projects designed and delivered by young people in Albania, Bulgaria and England.

Read reports and view presentations and webinars in our Publications section.

LEAP Against Sexual Violence (2015-2017)

Aim: Support children and young people affected by sexual violence in Europe
by strengthening and facilitating participatory practice.

Countries:  Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Romania and the UK

Partners: Barnardo's, Pulse Foundation, Terre des hommes Romania, Stichting Alexander, Terre des hommes Regional Office for South Eastern Europe and Eurochild.

Main funder: Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union

Project lead: Kate D'Arcy

Project activities include:

  • Developing a training programme for sexual violence specialist support services to promote participatory practice with children and young people affected by sexual violence.
  • Building capacity and sustainable professional support networks to promote participatory practice through facilitating communities of practice.
  • Developing a 12 week life skills and leadership programme toolkit for children and young people affected by sexual violence.
  • Training Youth Facilitators to co-deliver the programme with partner organisations.
  • Supporting children and young people to develop youth-led projects through creative tools such as film and art which will help protect other children and young people and challenge stigma.
  • Building the evidence-base through research and evaluation.
  • Facilitating European knowledge exchange through the dissemination of freely accessible tools and resources.

See more about the project in our News and Publications sections.

Our Voices Too (2016-2019)

Aim: To help establish a European network of children and young people who are active in influencing policy and practice on preventing and responding to sexual violence and; to improve understanding amongst professionals of the need for a strengths-based approach to working with young people affected by sexual violence.

Countries: TBC

Partners: TBC

Main funder: The Oak Foundation

Project lead: Claire Cody

Project activities include:

  • Carrying out a situational analysis to understand the feasibility of working with partner organisations to support the development of a youth network.
  • Supporting partners to apply and adapt the training, tools, processes and resources developed through the LEAP project in different European countries.
  • Building a European research network on ethical engagement of children and young people affected by sexual violence.
  • Coordinating a series of learning activities for the network including workshops and webinars.
  •  Building the evidence base through carrying out research on the use and impact of participatory and peer support models for young people affected by sexual violence in Europe.

See more about the project in our News section.

Being Heard Project (2016-2017)

Aim: To build to the knowledge and develop the skills of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative's (SVRI) members and affiliates to undertake participatory research on sexual violence against children.

Countries: Global

Partners: SVRI

Main funder: The Oak Foundation

Project lead: Helen Veitch

Project activities include:

  • Reviewing and scoping participatory research on sexual violence against children.
  • Delivering webinars and attending the SVRI Forum in Brazil 2017 to share the findings from the scoping.
  • Developing tools to enable researchers to engage children and young people affected by sexual violence in research activities on the issue.

See more about the project in our News section.

RISE Learning Network (2015-2018)

Aim: To promote and facilitate learning on the recovery and (re)integration of children and adolescents affected by sexual exploitation.

Countries: Three focus regions, Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central Asia.

Partners: Family For Every Child and Retrak

Main funder: The Oak Foundation

Project lead: Claire Cody

Project activities include:

  • Developing the RISE Learning Network online platform
  • Developing and implementing three learning projects that capture local learning to influence policy and practice around recovery and reintegration. Learning project two will focus on 'survivors' voice'.
  • Advocating to improve policy and practice on recovery and reintegration by collecting and disseminating the learning from the project.

See more about this project on the RISE Learning Network.