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Young researchers’ views on what peer support for young people affected by sexual violence should look like

Posted: Mon Sep, 2017

Author: Delphine Girma

We consulted with the International Centre’s Young Researchers’ Advisory Panel to identify with them key aspects of peer support in helping us think about what peer support for young people affected by sexual violence should look like. This blog outlines the key points that emerged from this initial discussion.

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What should come first, awareness-raising or action?

Posted: Thu Sep, 2017

Author: Claire Cody and Liz Ackerley

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We recently visited Tirana, the capital city of Albania, to talk with professionals and young people about the current responses to sexual violence and the status of child and youth participation in the country.

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Applying theory to understand the potential of group work with young people affected by sexual violence

Posted: Fri Jul, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

Group work with young people affected by sexual violence is currently under-theorised. Having a better understanding of feminist, trauma and empowerment theories may help us to better understand the true potential of group work with young people affected by sexual violence.

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‘Everybody deserves a voice’ Closing the gap between policy and practice for children affected by CSE

Posted: Tue Jun, 2017

Author: Lucie Shuker, Zoe Cox and Kirsche Walker

This week tbe International Centre's blog features a very interesting reflective piece on a recent event that looked at closing the gap between policy commitments to listen to young people affected by CSE, and practice on the ground.

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Stronger together? Group work with young people in child sexual exploitation services

Posted: Thu Jun, 2017

Author: Isabelle Brodie

Isabelle Brodie leads work on the participation strand of the Alexi project at the International Centre. Here she reflects on conversations with project workers about the value and place of group work with young people in child sexual exploitation services.

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Strengthening participatory practice across Europe: resources and updates from the LEAP project

Posted: Fri May, 2017

Author: Kate D'Arcy

The LEAP project is a European project which aims to support children and young people affected by sexual violence by strengthening and facilitating participatory practice. It is running from 2015-2017, and is part of the Our Voices programme of work.

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"It was a turning point"

Posted: Wed May, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

Listening in on a community of practice developing participatory work with children and young people affected by sexual violence.

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Marginal Gains Poster: Small steps that make a big difference for improving police responses to CSE

Posted: Wed Apr, 2017

Author: International Centre

This blog post introduces a poster, designed by a group of young people, for police officers, which outlines small steps the police can take when working with young people affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE), other forms of sexual abuse and associated vulnerabilities in adolescence.

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What is the Our Voices Research and Practice Network and why do we need it?

Posted: Wed Mar, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

This week Claire Cody writes about the launch of a new network that focuses on the ethics and value of participatory engagement with young people affected by sexual violence.

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‘Being Heard’ project - Call for evidence

Posted: Thu Mar, 2017

Author: Silvie Bovarnick and Camille Warrington

This 'call for evidence' hopes to identify information and materials which explore participatory approaches to children and young people’s involvement in research and consultation addressing sexual violence.

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How to discuss sexuality, sexual abuse and violence with young people

Posted: Tue Feb, 2017

Author: Kate D'Arcy

When young people have access to information and adults are able to have meaningful conversations with them a strong basis is in place for young people’s participation. However, many professionals are hesitant to discuss healthy sexual development, risky sexual behaviour and sexual violence with young people. Professionals know it’s important, but don’t feel competent to do so. This blog post shares learing from a recent webinar which explored these issues and was hosted as part of the LEAP Project.

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Placing children's voices at the heart of organisations that service them: Lessons from governance with children who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation

Posted: Thu Feb, 2017

Author: Roger Hart, Ayşenur Ataman and Bijan Kimiagar

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Resources

The purpose of this publication from ECPAT Internationalis to synthesise current thinking on how to best enable the voices of children who have been the subject of exploitation to have roles in the decision making and governance of organisations that are designed to support and advocate for them.

Read the full thematic report here.

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Call for Applications from NGOs to support the participation of youth researchers at SVRI Forum

Posted: Thu Feb, 2017

Author: Claire Cody [Source Svrilist mailing list]

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Opportunities

As part of the "Being Heard" Project, the SVRI is undertaking a process to recruit 10 young researchers between the ages of 18-24 to attend the upcoming SVRI Forum 2017 in Brazil as well as 5 facilitators to support them to participate at the conference.

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18th November - European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Posted: Thu Nov, 2016

Author: Kate D'Arcy

Researchers in the International Centre are working on European projectswhich seek to prevent and support children and young people who experience, sexual exploitation and abuse. Kate D'Arcy draws attention to the LEAP project which is celebrating the end of its first year on the European Day for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

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Residential with Experts by Experience and Police

Posted: Thu Nov, 2016

Author: Joanne Walker

As part of the International Centre's (IC) CSE and Policing Knowledge Hub the IC are working with both young people and the police to enhance police  responses to child sexual exploitation and related vulnerabilities. Recently the team brought 7 police officers and 12 Experts by Experience together for a weekend in order to develop practical solutions to improve police responses to young people affected by safeguarding issues. in this blog post, Joanne Walker reflects on the recent residential  and some of the key messages that came out of it.

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Young people’s participation in CSE services: messages from a scoping review

Posted: Thu Jul, 2016

Author: Isabelle Brodie

Isabelle Brodie is leading on the participation strand of the Alexi Project, an ambitious strategy developed by the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders’ Alliance (CSEFA). In this post she reflects on some of the key issues emerging from a  scoping review of the literature on participation and CSE which is published this week. You can read the reports here

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‘Learning through doing’: a child rights approach to participatory practice

Posted: Tue May, 2016

Author: Kate D’Arcy and Elizabeth Ackerley

The International Centre is currently coordinating a two-year project, funded by the European Commission, which seeks to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of a child rights approach to safe and ethical participatory practice.

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Youth Advisors in Albania produce a film and poster to raise awareness about the need to speak out about sexual violence

Posted: Tue Apr, 2016

Author: Youth Advisors with Different and Equal

Poster asking for help

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Young People's Work

Our Voices collaborate with youth advisors on a film and poster project to raise awareness of sexual violence in Albania.

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Sofia, Bulgaria. Young rapporteurs get to grips with the Lanzarote Convention

Posted: Tue Apr, 2016

Author: Helen Veitch

A core aim of the International Centre is to develop and enhance opportunities for children and young people to meaningfully and ethically engage in, and influence, research, policy and practice. One way in which we hope to do this is through our partnership with The Oak Foundation, an international foundation promoting children’s rights through its Child Abuse Programme. The International Centre and the Oak Foundation are collaborating to support children’s participation in

preventing sexual violence against children in Europe.

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“It’s just about the respect really” Children’s views on safeguarding practice within the police

Posted: Tue Mar, 2016

Author: Helen Beckett

Over the summer of 2015 researchers from the International Centre asked 45 children and young people across England, who had come into contact with the police because of safeguarding concerns, to tell us what the police did well and what they needed to do better.

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‘It’s worth it’: Why researchers should consider co-presenting with young people

Posted: Fri Mar, 2016

Author: Jenny Pearce

Jenny Pearce is the Co-Director of the International Centre. In this post she shares some reflections on the value of co-presenting with young people, after her experience of doing so at the Blast conference with a young man called Greg.


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Peer support website developed by young people in the UK

Posted: Mon Jan, 2016

Author: Kirsche & CJ

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Young People's Work

The peer support website ‘A guide for young people supporting each other’ behealthy-peersupport.org.uk has recently been launched in the UK to provide advice and support to young people who are trying to provide support to friends who may be going through difficult situations such as anxiety, self-harm, sexual abuse and violence.

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Youth Advisors in Bulgaria develop photo exhibition to raise awareness about the need to speak out about sexual violence

Posted: Wed Jan, 2016

Author: Youth Advisors with Gavroche Association

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Young People's Work

In 2015 the ‘Our Voices’ project secured a small amount of funds to help groups of young people who had been involved in the 'Our Voices' consultations who wanted to take part in a short project. One group of young people in Varna, Bulgaria decided that they would like to develop aphotography exhibition to share messages about sexual violence in their local community.

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Webinar: Young people's views on their role in sexual violence prevention efforts

Posted: Thu Dec, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

The webinar will take place on 18th November 2015, 11am UK time.

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Webinar: Involving marginalised young people in preventing sexual exploitation

Posted: Thu Dec, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

The webinar will take place on the 28 October at 2pm UK time and will involve presenters from the organisation Stellit who are based in St Petersburg, Russia. The presenters will discuss a Youth Volunteer Movement that they have been supporting that aims to prevent risky behaviours and raise awareness about sexual violence. They will share details of the movement, the ethical challenges that have arisen from this work, and reflections and recommendations on how to involve young people at risk in peer-to-peer prevention activities.

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Conference report and slides from the event on young people, sexual violence, ethics and participation

Posted: Fri Dec, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Resources Events

On 28th September a Cumberland Colloquium was held on 'young people affected by sexual violence as change makers in prevention efforts: what are the opportunities and what are the risks?'

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Take the chance to influence what the General Comment on the Rights of Adolescents will say!

Posted: Tue Oct, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child are writing a General Comment on the rights of adolescents, fill in this survey and take your opportunity to shape what the General Comment will say.

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The Coventry Child Sexual Exploitation Youth Advisory Board tells the ‘Our Voices’ team about the work they have been involved in and why they like being part of the board

Posted: Tue Oct, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Young People's Work

The Coventry Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Advisory Board was formed in March 2015 and we were invited to take part by different people and through adverts seen in the city.

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Conference held on young people, sexual violence, ethics and participation

Posted: Tue Oct, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

On 28th September a Cumberland Colloquium was held on 'young people affected by sexual violence as change makers in prevention efforts: what are the opportunities and what are the risks?'

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'They don't talk about it enough' report on young people's views on sexual violence

Posted: Tue Oct, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

In the summer of 2014 as part of the 'Our Voices' project, the project team at the University of Bedfordshire, together with country partner projects, organised a number of consultations with Youth Advisors across Albania, Bulgaria and the UK.

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Webinar: Engaging young people in online safety prevention projects: challenges and good practices from the Make-IT-Safe project in Belgium

Posted: Mon Aug, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

This webinar will introduce the Make-IT-Safe project and explore how young people got involved in preventing online abuse and exploitation.

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Tell us what you're doing!

Posted: Wed Aug, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

As part of this project we want to hear from you! We want to gather information about, and map how young people across Europe are getting involved in sexual violence prevention work.

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ECPAT's Youth Journal

Posted: Tue Aug, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Resources

A journal of good practices of child and youth initiatives in the prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children.

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Registration now open!

Posted: Tue Jul, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

Registration for the event 'Young people affected by sexual violence as change-makers in prevention efforts: What are the opportunities and what are the risks?' is now open.

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‘Our Voices’ project invited to attend high-level meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

Posted: Tue Jul, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

During this meeting the 'Our Voices' project was introduced and the Youth Advisors messages shared with the delegates.

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The ‘Our Voices’ Webinar Series

Posted: Thu Jul, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

The 'Our Voices' Network is hosting a series of webinars on the theme 'young people participating to prevent sexual violence'.

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18 November to be marked as European Day against child sexual exploitation and abuse

Posted: Thu Jul, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

The day will highlight the need for more awareness raising and better protection and prevention efforts to address child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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Evaluation of Rape Crisis Scotland's Sexual Violence Prevention Project

Posted: Tue Jun, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Resources

The Sexual Violence Prevention project was set up by Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) in April 2013. It followed a consultation which identified a need for national support to coordinate and support prevention work with young people in Scotland and to develop a national sexual violence resource pack.

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Call for papers - young people affected by sexual violence as change makers

Posted: Tue May, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Opportunities Events

The committee welcome submissions for presentations by scholars and practitioners that relate to participatory practice with young people affected by sexual violence.

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Report from the First Reference and Dissemination Group Meeting for ‘Our Voices’

Posted: Mon May, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Resources Events

This report documents and reflects on the first meeting of Reference and Dissemination Group meeting for the 'Our Voices' project which took place in December 2014.

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Youth Partnership Project for Child Survivors and Youth at Risk of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (YPP) in the Ukraine

Posted: Thu May, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Young People's Work

This Peer Support Programme used peer-to peer education to build young people's capacity to lead and manage projects and contribute to decision-making.

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Call for blogs from young activists - what are you doing to raise awareness around gender-based violence?

Posted: Tue Apr, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

Feminist activists have been using the months of April and May to raise awareness about sexual assault. We would like to hear how  young feminists from around the world work to raise awareness.

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YouAct Call for Members

Posted: Thu Apr, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

YouAct is a European network of young people, who are active in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Rights. They are looking for new members!

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Exciting new project for young people in the UK - seeking expressions of interest

Posted: Tue Apr, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

AVA is really excited to have been commissioned to recruit and facilitate an External Reference Group of young people who have been affected by child abuse and neglect.

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Survey for young people by young people exploring peer support

Posted: Mon Apr, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

A new survey created by young people for young people to gather information to support a new project focussing on peer support designed by young people in the UK.

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Having Our Say Too

Posted: Tue Jan, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

Having Our Say Too (HOST) was a two-year UK wide participatory photography project designed and delivered by PhotoVoice between March 2012 and January 2014.

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Successful application to run a Cumberland Lodge Colloquium on participation, sexual violence and ethics

Posted: Mon Jan, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

An interdisciplinary conference exploring young people's participation, sexual violence and ethics will take place at Cumberland Lodge in autumn 2015.

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Opinion piece: We are failing children and young people affected by sexual exploitation in the UK. Are we also failing elsewhere in Europe?

Posted: Wed Dec, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

This opinion piece was written for Terre des Hommes' Newsletter and Website by Claire Cody, the Research Fellow coordinating the 'Our Voices' project.

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Opportunity to join a network being formed by LSHTM on social norms, sexual exploitation and abuse of young people

Posted: Tue Dec, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Opportunities

The Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is creating a network of partners working on issues around the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, who are interested in exploring social norms and structural factors that may drive vulnerability.

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We believe we can end sexual exploitation!

Posted: Mon Dec, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

Youth Advisors for the 'Our Voices' project, working with the organisation 'Different and Equal' in Albania, wrote an article exploring why and how young people can work together to end child sexual exploitation.

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Responses from the 'call for information'

Posted: Fri Oct, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

We received an impressive number of responses from projects and groups across Europe who shared examples and learning from working with children and young people to prevent sexual violence.

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Have your say! Contribute to the future work of ‘Our Voices’ by taking 10 minutes to complete this online survey

Posted: Wed Oct, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Opportunities

Contribute to the future work of ‘Our Voices’ by taking 10 minutes to complete this online survey; the aim of this survey is to gather information on how organisations are currently involving young people in efforts to prevent sexual violence.

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ESRC Free Event 'Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Lessons from Research'

Posted: Wed Oct, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Opportunities Events

This seminar will draw upon a range of research conducted by staff at 'The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking' at the University of Bedfordshire to share knowledge about the issue of CSE within the UK and to consider effective measures for tackling it.

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Recruiting a Principal Research Fellow

Posted: Wed Oct, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Opportunities

The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking are recruiting a part time Principal Research Fellow to work on 'Our Voices'.

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Seeking a young person to write a column for the Guardian newspaper

Posted: Wed Oct, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

For the past four years Carlene Firmin, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre, has written a monthly column for Society Guardian, now she thinks it's time for a change and is looking to find a young person to take over her column.

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Young people working with ’Our Voices’ partner projects feedback to Council of Europe

Posted: Wed Oct, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

A number of young people working with 'Our Voices' project partners have been involved in consultations to provide feedback on the draft child-friendly version of the Council of Europe's Lanzarote Convention.

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Participatory consultations with ‘Our Voices’ Youth Advisors begin

Posted: Wed Oct, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

Partner project staff are facilitating a number of workshops that aim to understand what young people in the UK, Bulgaria and Albania think about sexual violence prevention.

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Do you know young people who want to get involved in designing innovative mobile applications to prevent risk-taking behaviour?

Posted: Sun Aug, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

The association Kairos uses technology to prevent young people's engagement in risk-taking behaviour. They are looking for input from young people.

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Preventing Sexual Violence: A Resource Pack developed by Rape Crisis Scotland

Posted: Sat Aug, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Resources

Rape Crisis centres in Scotland are engaging with young people in schools and youth groups around the country to talk about issues such as consent, gender, social media and sexualisation.

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Young people discuss sex and relationships at the Children as Actors for Transforming Society Conference in Switzerland

Posted: Fri Aug, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

In July a group representing the University of Bedfordshire travelled to Caux on Lake Geneva to attend the Children as Actors for Transforming Society Conference (CATS).

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What could 'Our Voices' do to overcome the challenges of involving young people in prevention? Feedback from the International Centre's Conference

Posted: Wed Aug, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

The 'Our Voices' workshop asked participants to work in groups to discuss a number of barriers and challenges to involving young people affected by sexual violence in prevention work. A number of suggestions were shared.

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A snapshot from BLAST! Working with boys in the UK

Posted: Sun Aug, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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All the work we do at BLAST is participatory as we always keep boys and young men at the heart of our practice. Young men guide us to the support they need and how this can best be achieved.

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You Respond: Promoting effective project participation by young people who have experienced violence

Posted: Fri Aug, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Resources

This training guide provides learning materials for those working with young people who have experienced violence.

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The Council of Europe's Child Participation Assessment Tool

Posted: Tue Aug, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Resources

This assessment tool has been developed to provide indicators with which States can begin to measure progress in implementing recommendations on the participation of children and young people.

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Webinar: Successfully motivating teens to take leadership roles in prevention

Posted: Sun Jul, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Events

In this webinar guest speakers will share their experiences of motivating young people to take part in sexual violence prevention work.

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Young people affected by sexual violence in the UK help prepare other young people for court proceedings

Posted: Tue Jun, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

About a year ago I had two female clients A and C, aged 15 and 16 who had completed their 'journey', they had been to court and were ending their time with me as their ISVA. Separately both clients requested that as part of their healing they support SECOS in helping other young people prepare for court.

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Eighteen And Under's young people's shadow management group in Scotland

Posted: Sun Jun, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

Eighteen And Under have a shadow management group consisting of young people. These young people assist in the running and management of the organisation.

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Views from an outreach worker: Supporting young people to engage in a two year participatory project

Posted: Sat Jun, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

A project worker shares her experiences of supporting young women involved in a national participatory project.

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Young girl leaders in Ukraine fight violence against women and girls

Posted: Thu Jun, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

The main strategy of this project is to empower young girl-leaders to conduct advocacy and awareness-raising among young girls and boys. Currently, many manifestations of violence are not recognised by the majority of young people in Ukraine, and therefore they perceive such violence as normal.

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The NWG Network: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation are seeking young people to join their new Youth Advisory Panel

Posted: Wed May, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

The NWG Network: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (NWG) are currently looking for expressions of interest from young people to form a Youth Advisory Panel.

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A toolkit for monitoring and evaluating children's participation

Posted: Mon May, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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Resources

A six-part guide on how to monitor and evaluate children's participation in programmes, communities and in wider society.

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'Say Something if you Know Something' consultation with young people

Posted: Thu May, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

NWG Network would like to get feedback from young people about their campaign to raise awareness about sexual exploitation in the UK.

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The Youth Volunteer Movement "You know the way? Do it your own way then…" brings theatre performances to audiences in Russia

Posted: Wed Apr, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

The Youth Volunteer Movement "You know the way? Do it your own way then…" was founded in 2009 by the  Regional NGO Stellit. Today, two hundred young people between the ages of 15-24 years old are involved in implementing prevention and awareness raising activities among their peers.

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Read our guest blog post on the Trafficking Research Project website

Posted: Thu Apr, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

A guest blog post exploring the importance of involving young people affected by sexual violence in efforts to prevent abuse and exploitation.

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