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Our Voices Too: Welcome to our new partners!

Posted: Thu Jul, 2018

Author: Claire Cody

Following our scoping visits to Albania, Serbia and Moldova last year, we are delighted to introduce the partner organisations that will implement the Our Voices Too project and we look forward to embarking on the next phase of this innovative project with them!

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New podcast: What does participation in CSE services look like?

Posted: Fri May, 2018

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Dr Isabelle Brodie (International Centre) shares findings from a scoping review of the literature she conducted with colleagues from the International Centre on the participation of young people in child sexual exploitation (CSE) services. The review was part of the Alexi Project and can be accessed here. Isabelle speaks about the different meanings of participation, what conditions need to be in place in order to make participative working possible and effective, and shares young people and professionals' views on participation in CSE services; what they value and what they find challenging.

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Join our next online case study discussion on the participation of young people affected by sexual violence at conferences

Posted: Fri Mar, 2018

Author: Claire Cody

This case study discussion will be based on a number of different experiences of accompanying and supporting young people affected by sexual violence to participate in conferences overseas. It will explore and reflect on different scenarios that have arisen during these trips that predominantly revolve around the age of these young people.

The session wil take place on 22 March at 1pm (UK time).

If you wish to join the session please make sure that you register to join the network and email delphine.girma@beds.ac.uk to reserve a place and receive further details.


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Engaging young people who have experienced sexual violence in participatory initiatives: reflections from our trip to Moldova

Posted: Wed Feb, 2018

Author: Claire Cody

This blog reflects on our trip to Moldova as part of the Our Voices Too scoping. Through discussions with organisations and individuals working in the fields of sexual violence, child rights, and participation, we found that Moldova shared some of the same socio-political barriers to participatory work with young people affected by sexual violence that we encountered in our previous visits to Albania and Serbia.

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Key reflections from the Our Voices Partner Meeting

Posted: Tue Dec, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

On the 29-30 November we hosted the Our Voices Partner Meeting in Luton. This event brought together partners and Youth Facilitators from the LEAP project, new partners for the Our Voices Too project, and representatives from youth networks and other organisations in Europe. 23 participants attended the meeting travelling from Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, the UK and the Netherlands.

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The politics of participation

Posted: Thu Nov, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

This blog reflects on a recent trip to Serbia and explores the importance of exploring the socio-political context when thinking about projects involving children and young people affected by sexual violence.

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

Posted: Wed Nov, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

On the 17th November 2017 the LEAP project came to an end. This blog, written by Kate D'Arcy the Project Coordinator for LEAP, shares what has been developed as a result of this two year European project.

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

Posted: Fri May, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

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

Posted: Tue Feb, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

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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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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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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A snapshot from BLAST! Working with boys in the UK

Posted: Sun Aug, 2014

Author: Claire Cody

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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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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