Strengthening participatory practice with children and young people affected by sexual violence
The Our Voices Research and Practice Network is a European network that seeks to develop a better understanding of the value and ethics of participatory engagement with young people affected by sexual violence. The network is coordinated by the International Centre: researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking (IC) at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK. The network has been set up to support researchers and practitioners working with young people affected by sexual violence across Europe.
The network provides an avenue for sharing and generating learning. It aims to develop a clearer understanding of the benefits and challenges of safe, ethical, participatory engagement through:
Why do we need a network?
Past projects and events co-ordinated by the IC have surfaced a number of challenges that can prevent professionals from engaging in participatory research and practice with young people affected by sexual violence. This includes:
Professionals want to have access to safe spaces to discuss, share and learn with their peers. The Our Voices Research and Practice Network aims to address these barriers and provide this supportive community.
Who can join?
The network is targeted at professionals working in Europe who are:
The benefits of joining the network
Joining the Our Voices Research and Practice Network means joining a European regional community of professionals who are interested in participatory, rights-based approach to engaging with young people affected by sexual violence.
Due to the geographical spread of the network, most activities will be online.
In joining the network, members will have access to blogs and a series of online resources and events that will explore various aspects of participatory research and practice.
How can members join?
Members can join the network here.