Daphne Toolkit

Life skills, leadership, limitless potential: Supporting children and young people affected by sexual violence in Europe by strengthening and facilitating participatory practice

Project Reference Number: 
JUST/2014/RDAP/AG/VICT/7364

Life skills, leadership, limitless potential: Supporting children and young people affected by sexual violence in Europe by strengthening and facilitating participatory practice

Aim & Context
The project aimed at raising awareness of specialist services working with children affected by sexual violence in 4 countries. Special attention was given to the value of prevention activities. Specialist services must empower children and young people, and enhance their protection from further violence.

The purpose of the project was to develop an evidence-based training programme for sexual violence (SV) specialist support services. It aims at promoting participatory practice with children and young people (CYP) affected by SV. 

 

Activities
A four-day evidence-based training programme was designed, piloted, reviewed and delivered by all four country partners to 88 professionals working in specialist sexual violence support services. 16 Youth Facilitators (17-20 years old) from 4 countries completed the 3-day training and developed their knowledge, skills and capacities on sexual violence and participatory practice for working with their peers. The 16 Youth Facilitators delivered the 12 week ‘Life skills, Leadership, Limitless Potential (LLLP)’ programme to a further 53 CYP affected by SV.

All professionals who attended the training then formed a Community of Practice (CoP) which met six times in each country. 

Celebration events were organised in four countries to showcase the products with 212 CYP. 

 

Results
The following tools and resources are available online through ChildHub and the University of Bedfordshire’s websites: 
1. The LLLP toolkit 3 day youth facilitator training; 
The manual “The life skills, leadership, limitless potential toolkit for CYP affected by sexual violence” was completed. It provides a 3 day training for Youth Facilitators and a 12 week programme of workshops – the LLLP programme.
2. An e-learning package developed from the 4-day practitioner training; 
3. A Guide on developing a “Community of Practice”; 
4. Ethical guidance on CYP’s participation for LEAP partners; 
5. Literature review: participation in policy and practice – children and young people who are affected by sexual violence and; 
6. Literature review: What do we know about life skills and leadership training for vulnerable children and young people? 

As part of the LLLP programme creative prevention tools and products were developed by CYP including 
•    films, 
•    postcards, 
•    posters, 
•    wristbands, 
•    online journals. 

In addition, the results of the project matched the following objectives:
•    To build capacity and sustainable professional support networks to promote participatory rights-based approaches to supporting CYP affected by SV.
•    Develop a life skills and leadership toolkit for children and young people affected by sexual violence and prepare ‘youth facilitators’ to co-deliver the toolkit with country partner staff.
•    To enable CYP affected by SV to develop their knowledge, skills and capacities.
•    To support CYP-led projects which will enable CYP affected by SV to share their views through creative tools, such as film or art, to help protect other CYP from SV and challenge stigma.
•    To build the evidence-base on how to support and involve CYP in advocacy through research and evaluation.
•    To facilitate European knowledge exchange through the dissemination of freely accessible tools and resources.

 

Impact
The tools and resources and the learning from the LEAP project have contributed to journal articles, a book chapter, newsletters, blogs, lectures, presentations and webinars which have been circulated or presented to the academic and practice community. 

The training programme for SV specialist support services promotes participatory practice with CYP affected by SV. It also built capacity and professional support networks. In addition, the establishment of Community of Practice (CoP) promoted participatory rights-based approaches to support CYP affected by SV.