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

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Dice Activity

This activity helps young people to talk about sensitive topics by creating case studies of young people’s journey’s following sexual abuse through a ‘third person’ lens. Within this activity, participants are asked to draw on their experiences to consider how a fictional child or young person might experience support for mental health and emotional well-being needs following sexual abuse. Creating an initial medium for engagement that is removed from their personal experiences, it offers a gentler route in for participants to engage in personal reflection about these sensitive and potentially traumatic issues should they wish to do so. 

Ethical guidance on children and young people’s participation for LEAP partners

Kate D’Arcy and Camille Warrington with Claire Cody

This guidance forms part of the Life Skills, Leadership and Limitless Potential (LEAP) project. The guidance introduces our understanding of the guiding principles and ethical framework for children and young people’s participation in the LEAP project. The guidance is subject to ongoing review as part of our commitment to reflective practice.

A guide on developing communities of practice for services who are working with children and young people affected by sexual violence

Kate D'Arcy

This guide seeks to share tips, tools and stories of change from the project in order to enable others to set up their own communitiesof practice and strengthen commitments to participatory practice when supporting children and young people affected by sexual violence.

Circle of participation

This is an exercise that helps people to reflect on the value of participatory work and to focus on why we are doing this work. It can be used with practitioners, researchers and young people.

Toothpaste exercise –explaining confidentiality in a group

This is an exercise that helps people to think about what it means to share something in a group and the limits of confidentiality in these settings. It can be used in focus groups and group work sessions.

Telling our stories

This is an exercise that helps people reflect on active listening and what it’s like to have your story told and tell someone else’s story.