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Youth Advocates from Moldova share their reflections on participating in the ‘Our Voices Too’ Project

Posted: Tue Nov, 2019

Author: Claire Cody

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Young People's Work

The 'Our Voices Too' project is coordinated by ‘The International Centre, researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ (IC) at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK and funded by the Oak Foundation.

As part of the ‘Our Voices Too’ project, the IC is working in partnership with three national NGOs in Europe: Different & Equal in Albania; the National Center for Child Abuse Prevention (NCCAP) in Moldova and ATINA in Serbia. Each organisation is implementing participatory advocacy activities in their respective countries with young people affected by sexual violence.  In this blog all five Youth Advocates from Moldova share their reflections and experiences of taking part in the project.

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"I am proud to be part of the ‘Our Voices Too’ Project". A Youth Advocate from Albania shares her experiences of taking part in our Youth Advocacy Project

Posted: Tue Nov, 2019

Author: Claire Cody

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Young People's Work

The 'Our Voices Too' project is coordinated by ‘The International Centre, researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ (IC) at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK and funded by the Oak Foundation.

As part of the ‘Our Voices Too’ project, the IC is working in partnership with three national NGOs in Europe: Different & Equal in Albania; the National Center for Child Abuse Prevention (NCCAP) in Moldova and ATINA in Serbia. Each organisation is implementing participatory advocacy activities in their respective countries with young people affected by sexual violence.  In this blog one of the youth advocates shares her experiences of being involved in the project.

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Webinar - Learning from the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project: Working together with young people with lived experience in sexual violence advocacy activities

Posted: Fri Oct, 2019

Author: Claire Cody

On Monday 18th November, to mark the European Day on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, the ‘International Centre, researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ (IC) at the University of Bedfordshire, in the UK will be sharing findings from the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project

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Exchanging experiences in Chisinau from the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project

Posted: Thu Oct, 2019

Author: Claire Cody

In early September the Our Voices Too team at the International Centre (IC) organised our second shared learning event in Chisinau, Moldova, for the Our Voices Too Youth Advocacy Project.  This two day meeting brought together our partners - Different & Equal in Albania; the National Center for Child Abuse Prevention (NCCAP) in Moldova and ATINA in Serbia to share learning on how the project has been developing.

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Learning from the experts: young people’s perspectives on how we can support healthy child development after sexual abuse

Posted: Tue Apr, 2019

Author: Claire Cody

We would like to share findings from a participatory study on supporting mental health and wellbeing after sexual abuse in adolescence conducted by colleagues from 'The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking', University of Bedfordshire. 

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Involving young people in research : a young researcher shares her experience of presenting at a BASPCAN conference

Posted: Fri May, 2018

Author: Claire Cody

Two members of our Young Researchers’ Advisory Panel recently spoke at a BASPCAN conference about the importance of involving young people in research and the possible benefits and limitations of this. In this blog Abbie Rodgers, one of the presenters, reflects on this experience. 

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

Posted: Wed Nov, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

On the 17th November 2017 the LEAP project came to an end. This blog, written by Kate D'Arcy the Project Coordinator for LEAP, shares what has been developed as a result of this two year European project.

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Marginal Gains Poster: Small steps that make a big difference for improving police responses to CSE

Posted: Wed Apr, 2017

Author: Claire Cody

This blog post introduces a poster, designed by a group of young people, for police officers, which outlines small steps the police can take when working with young people affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE), other forms of sexual abuse and associated vulnerabilities in adolescence.

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Youth Advisors in Albania produce a film and poster to raise awareness about the need to speak out about sexual violence

Posted: Tue Apr, 2016

Author: Claire Cody

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Young People's Work

Our Voices collaborate with youth advisors on a film and poster project to raise awareness of sexual violence in Albania.

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Sofia, Bulgaria. Young rapporteurs get to grips with the Lanzarote Convention

Posted: Tue Apr, 2016

Author: Claire Cody

A core aim of the International Centre is to develop and enhance opportunities for children and young people to meaningfully and ethically engage in, and influence, research, policy and practice. One way in which we hope to do this is through our partnership with The Oak Foundation, an international foundation promoting children’s rights through its Child Abuse Programme. The International Centre and the Oak Foundation are collaborating to support children’s participation in

preventing sexual violence against children in Europe.

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Peer support website developed by young people in the UK

Posted: Mon Jan, 2016

Author: Claire Cody

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Young People's Work

The peer support website ‘A guide for young people supporting each other’ behealthy-peersupport.org.uk has recently been launched in the UK to provide advice and support to young people who are trying to provide support to friends who may be going through difficult situations such as anxiety, self-harm, sexual abuse and violence.

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Youth Advisors in Bulgaria develop photo exhibition to raise awareness about the need to speak out about sexual violence

Posted: Wed Jan, 2016

Author: Claire Cody

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Young People's Work

In 2015 the ‘Our Voices’ project secured a small amount of funds to help groups of young people who had been involved in the 'Our Voices' consultations who wanted to take part in a short project. One group of young people in Varna, Bulgaria decided that they would like to develop aphotography exhibition to share messages about sexual violence in their local community.

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Take the chance to influence what the General Comment on the Rights of Adolescents will say!

Posted: Tue Oct, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child are writing a General Comment on the rights of adolescents, fill in this survey and take your opportunity to shape what the General Comment will say.

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The Coventry Child Sexual Exploitation Youth Advisory Board tells the ‘Our Voices’ team about the work they have been involved in and why they like being part of the board

Posted: Tue Oct, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

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Young People's Work

The Coventry Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Advisory Board was formed in March 2015 and we were invited to take part by different people and through adverts seen in the city.

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Tell us what you're doing!

Posted: Wed Aug, 2015

Author: Claire Cody

As part of this project we want to hear from you! We want to gather information about, and map how young people across Europe are getting involved in sexual violence prevention work.

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