Factors that influence outcomes when supporting the participation rights of children and young people with lived experience of child sexual abuse and exploitation: Practitioner briefing

Claire Cody and Claire Soares

The findings from this study illustrated that there are many factors to consider that may influence and determine the outcomes associated with the participation of young survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Five key messages were identified:

  • Good quality ethical standards are critical
  • Young people must be supported to develop the knowledge and skills they need to engage and influence
  • Everyone is an individual
  • Facilitators and other professionals involved in participatory projects and activities have a central role to play in ensuring standards are maintained and risks are mitigated
  • Structural barriers at various levels may limit the influence of young survivors’ participation