Strengthening participatory practice with children and young people affected by sexual violence
Categories:Young People's Work
This Peer Support Programme used peer-to peer education to build young people's capacity to lead and manage projects and contribute to decision-making.
The All-Ukrainian Network Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a member of ECPAT International. The network was founded and coordinated by the International Women Rights Center La Strada Ukraine in 2004. Since 2013, the Network has been coordinated by the NGO 'Faith.Hope.Love.'
During 2009-2013 the Network implemented ECPAT's Global Youth Partnership Project against (CSEC) in three regions in Ukraine. Under this project a number of Youth Motivators and Peer Supporters have received training on a range of issues and have been involved in a number of advocacy activities to counter CSEC.
The Peer Support Programme used peer-to peer education to build young people's capacity to lead and manage projects and contribute to decision-making. Peer Supporters have also been trained to mentor and listen to young people victimised or at risk of CSEC. The main focus of the training has been on providing background information on the issue, developing communication and leadership skills and exploring the concepts of resiliency, recovery and reintegration.
During this time the National Referral Mechanism for victims of CSEC was established. Peer Supporters also played a key role in identification and referral of victims to competent local authorities.
Youth Motivators and Peer Supporters have also been involved in developing and implementing 'micro-projects'. These micro-projects include: