Safer Young Lives is part of the Institute of Applied Social Research

Our Voices Too

Our Voices Too - Working with children, young people and professionals in Europe to develop a strengths-based approach to addressing sexual violence.

This project aims to establish a European network of children and young people who are active in influencing policy and practice on preventing and responding to sexual violence and; to improve understanding amongst professionals of the need for a strengths-based approach to working with young people affected by sexual violence. Project activities include:

  • Carrying out a situational analysis to understand the current status of child/youth participation in the field of sexual violence in three countries.
  • Supporting partners in three countries to apply and adapt the training, tools, processes and resources developed through the LEAP project in different European countries.
  • Building a European research network on ethical engagement of children and young people affected by sexual violence
  • Coordinating a series of learning activities for the network including workshops and webinars.
  • Building the evidence base through carrying out research on the use and impact of participatory and peer support models for young people affected by sexual violence in Europe.


Download Briefing 1 - Introduction to the Study

Download Briefing 2 - Peer Support - Rationale 

Download Briefing 3 - Peer Support - The Value

Download Briefing 4 - Peer Support - Tensions, Challenges, Strategies


Safer Young Lives Research Centre
Institute of Applied Social Research
University of Bedfordshire
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