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


About the network

Last updated: Wed 06, 2020


Children Challenging Sexual Violence (CCSV)

* for updated information on the network please visit  the University of Bedfordshire's project page on the network *

We are delighted to launch a new international university network which supports the promotion of activities undertaken by universities around the world to challenge sexual violence against children, including curriculum development, teaching and research activities. The network, supported by the University of Bedfordshire, Oak Foundation and Tides Foundation, is part of the Our Voices programme of work.

The CCSV university network aims to connect those working in universities to share learning, to enhance collaboration and to raise the profile of the work. In particular the network is aiming to encourage university engagement with participatory approaches that enable and support children to be co-determiners of research agendas, activities, and teaching and curriculum materials. 

This is important as it is often through universities that knowledge is generated and validated and where the teaching of the next generation of practitioners occurs. Universities are key, yet often understated, players in work to end sexual violence against children.

While we are keen for the network to focus on supporting and encouraging those working within universities to challenge sexual violence against children, we appreciate that this can often be seen as a narrow field and that such work can take place only through ‘one off’ temporary grants or initiatives rather than a committed long term strategy. Much of the work developed is undertaken in partnership with INGOs/NGOs and so we are keen to include this work where possible within the university network. We also appreciate that sexual violence is often addressed within generic approaches to violence against children. For these reasons we aims to include those working in universities challenging sexual violence against children or other forms of abuse or trauma; and/or related vulnerabilities. As the work develops and is further disseminated, we are keen to further prioritise activities focusing solely on sexual violence against children. In the longer term, we want to focus on university led strategic initiatives engaging participatory approaches with children and young people to prevent and respond to sexual violence against children. 

Get involved 

In order to establish a knowledge base of who is doing what, where and how, we designed a brief survey to begin to map out academics and institutions working in this field. It can be accessed via this link:

Please complete the survey if you would like to be part of the network and we will be in touch. The profile of members who have so far consented to their contact details and biography being shared can be accessed here.

Find out more

Emerging findings from our initial scoping and proposed next steps for development of the network are shared in two briefings available on the publications page under 'Research and consultation reports'. The second briefing also provides a summary of our first webinar, held with The End Violence Against Children Global Partnership.

A recording of the webinar is available here

As the university network develops over the coming months we would love to hear from you. For any questions or suggestions please get in touch with