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‘They need to see the people they are affecting by their decision-making’: Developing participatory advocacy with young people on sexual violence in Albania, Moldova and Serbia

Silvie Bovarnick and Claire Cody

This report shares learning from the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project. The project involved working with youth advocates and facilitators from three NGOs in Albania, Moldova and Serbia on a participatory advocacy project to address the sexual violence of children and young people in their local contexts. The report draws on learning collected as part of the project's monitoring and evaluation process.

Peer support for young people who have experienced sexual violence - tensions, challenges and strategies: Briefing paper four

Claire Cody, Silvie Bovarnick and Delphine Peace

This briefing paper, the final of four, is based on exploratory research into peer support for young people who have experienced sexual violence. This briefing paper explores one area of the findings, the risks, tensions and challenges associated with peer support interventions.

Peer support for young people who have experienced sexual violence - the value: Briefing paper three

Claire Cody, Silvie Bovarnick and Delphine Peace

This briefing paper, the third of four, is based on exploratory research into peer support for young people who have experienced sexual violence. This briefing paper focusses on one area of the findings related to the value for those: receiving peer based support; giving support and; organisations supporting such initiatives.

Peer support for young people who have experienced sexual violence? The rationale and key themes from the literature: Briefing paper two

Claire Cody and Delphine Peace

This briefing paper, the second of four, is based on a review of the literature that was carried out in preparation for a scoping study that aimed to learn lessons from those engaged in peer support interventions for young people who had experienced sexual violence.

Introduction to the study exploring peer support initiatives for young people who have experienced sexual violence: Briefing paper one

Claire Cody, Silvie Bovarnick and Delphine Peace

This briefing paper, the first of four, provides a brief introduction and overview of a research project which aimed to explore peer support for young people affected by sexual violence.

Being Heard: Promoting children and young people's involvement in participatory research on sexual violence

Silvie Bovarnick with Delphine Peace, Camille Warrington and Jenny Pearce

This report shares findings from an international scoping review conducted by the International Centre on the engagement of children and young people in participatory research on sexual violence. The report discusses a range of ethical and practical challenges of involving vulnerable children and young people in participatory research on sensitive issues and draws out key considerations for research practice.

Literature review: What do we know about life skills and leadership training for vulnerable children and young people?

Kate D'Arcy

This review formed part of the Life Skills, Leadership and Limitless Potential project (LEAP).The aims of this literature review were to; review the global literature on life skills and leadership initiatives for vulnerable and/or hard to reach children and young people, including relevant projects that aim to prevent  sexual violence and take a participatory or peer-led approach within their work;  collate existing information about the value of life skills and leadership projects and  programmes in order to inform the plans for participatory and creative workshops to develop the LEAP  toolkit and; provide case studies  illustrating what we know about life skills and leadership training for vulnerable children and young people.

Literature review: Participation in policy and practice - children and young people who are affected by sexual violence

Kate D’Arcy with Isabelle Brodie

This review is part of the Life Skills, Leadership and Limitless Potential (LEAP) project. This literature review concentrates on the nature and scope of participation of children and young people who are affected by sexual violence and receive services relating to this.

Making Justice Work: Experiences of criminal justice for children and young people affected by sexual exploitation as victims and witnesses

Helen Beckett and Camille Warrington

Making Justice Work was a one year participatory pilot research project. The research explored young people’s experiences of the criminal justice system in child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases,and the ways in which these could be improved.

Challenging sexual violence in Europe: Using participatory methods with children

Jenny Pearce

This report presents the findings of a desk top review into activities across Europe involving young people as participants in efforts to prevent sexual violence against children. The work was initiated and supported by the Council of Europe programme 'Building a Europe for and with Children', with the Institute of Applied Social Research

The participation of young people in child sexual exploitation services: A scoping review of the literature

Isabelle Brodie

This review aims to develop understanding of the conceptualization, nature and impact of participation in child sexual exploitation services, as well as the necessary conditions for effective participatory working, and the replicability of participative models.

'They don't talk about it enough'- Report on the 2014 consultations with Youth Advisors for Our Voices

Claire Cody

This report provides an overview of the findings from a number of consultations with Youth Advisors across Albania, Bulgaria and the UK. The consultations explored:

  • What young people felt the issues were around sexual violence in their communitites
  • What the barriers and challenges were to young people talking about sexual violence and acessing support
  • What young people thought could be done to stop sexual violence
  • How young people could be more involved in preventing sexual violence.