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

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Episode 12: Introducing section 4 of the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project Toolkit on 'Participatory Advocacy'

Helen Veitch

In this final podcast exploring the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project Toolkit, Helen Veitch, Oak Fellow at the International Centre, shares details of the final section of the toolkit which explored participatory advocacy with the Youth Advocates. Helen talks about how the toolkit guided the Youth Advocates through the process of coming up with an advocacy issue and planning their activities.12 minutes

Episode 11: Introducing section 3 of the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project Toolkit on 'Children's Rights and Participation'

Delphine Peace

In this podcast, Delphine Peace from the International Centre shares an overview of section three of the toolkit designed for the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project. Delphine reflects on some of the key activities and exercises included in this section and shares some feedback from those involved in delivering the sessions and participating in them. 12 minutes

Episode 10: Introducing section 2 of the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project Toolkit on 'Exploring Sexual Violence'

Delphine Peace

In this podcast, Delphine Peace from the International Centre shares why a section of the toolkit was focused on exploring sexual violence with the Youth Advocates. Delphine outlines some of the key activities and concepts included in this section and shares some feedback on these exercises from the facilitators and Youth Advocates involved in the project. 15 minutes

Episode 9: Introducing section 1 of the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project Toolkit on 'Creating Safe Spaces'

Dr Camille Warrington

In this podcast, Dr Camille Warrington from the International Centre talks through why it was important to include sessions aimed at creating a 'safe space' in a group setting with the youth advocates as part of the 'Our Voices Too' Youth Advocacy Project. Camille talks through this section explaining some of the activities outlined in the toolkit and shares feedback from those involved in the project. 18 minutes

Episode 8: Can children and young people ‘do research’ on sexual violence?

Silvie Bovarnick

Dr Silvie Bovarnick, Research Fellow at the International Centre, shares some key findings from the Being Heard report, a review of the international evidence on youth participatory research on sexual violence against children. We focus in particular on a question that researchers and organisations working with young people often grapple with: can vulnerable young people, including those who have been affected by sexual violence, actually 'do research' on such a sensitive topic? 12 minutes

Episode 7: What does participation in CSE services look like?

Isabelle Brodie

Dr Isabelle Brodie, Senior Research Fellow at the 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. 30 minutes.

Episode 6: Embedding participation as a model of practice

Abi Billinghurst

Abi Billinghurst is the founder and director of Abianda, a social enterprise that works with young women affected by gangs. In this episode, Abi explains how participation is central to the work of Abianda and shares her expertise on embedding participation as a model of practice in various professional cultures. We also talk about how Abianda’s participatory methods are part of a wider contextual approach to working with young people, which acknowledges and addresses the wider contexts of young peoples’ experiences. 

Abi also wrote all the tools for the LEAP Against Sexual Violence project which can be accessed on the Childhub website30 minutes.

Episode 5: How do we strengthen participatory practice with children and young people affected by sexual violence? Key learning from the LEAP Against Sexual Violence project

Kate D'Arcy

In this episode Dr Kate D’Arcy, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre, shares with us some of the key learning from the LEAP Against Sexual Violence project, which supports children and young people affected by sexual violence by strengthening and facilitating participatory practice in the UK and in three European countries.12 minutes.

Episode 4: What is popular education and how can these techniques be helpful in working with young people affected by sexual violence?

Lindsay Starbuck

In this episode Lindsay Starbuck, Youth Participation Coordinator at the Association for Young People's Health (AYPH) talks about popular education and how certain techniques can be applied when working with young people affected by sexual violence. Lindsay also explores things to think through when facilitating this type of work.19 minutes.

Episode 3: What is the impact of sexual violence on young people?

Lucie Shuker

In this episode Dr Lucie Shuker explores what research tells us about the impact of sexual violence on young people, specifically trauma, and what this means when researchers and practitioners are thinking about effective engagement.19 minutes.

Episode 2: What is participatory engagement?

Camille Warrington

In this episode Dr Camille Warrington introduces the idea of participatory engagement and explores the different ways engagement can occur and the similar elements or principles that are present in participatory approaches.16 minutes.

Episode 1: What is the Our Voices Research and Practice Network?

Claire Cody

In this episode Claire Cody shares some background to the development of the network and explains how it will function. 6 minutes.