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Participation for Protection: Enhancing Child-Centred Approaches to Violence

The Centre for Children’s Rights has been awarded funding from the European Commission for a project, led by Siobhan McAlister, aimed at enhancing child-centred approaches to victims of violence, and raising children’s understanding of reporting mechanisms and support structures.  ‘Participation for Protection’ (P4P) involves partners from Austria (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut Fur Menschenrechte Forschungsverein), Belgium (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Kenniscentrum Kinderrechten), Germany (Hochschule Rheinmain), the Republic of Ireland (NUI Galway), Romania (Universitatea Babes Bolyai) and the UK (Queen’s University, Include Youth, University of Nottingham).  It adopts a child-rights based approach to developing training and resources for children and young people, and those working with and for them.

Two children and young people’s advisory groups based in Belfast (St Ita’s Primary School and Include Youth’s Give and Take Programme) are informing key aspects of the project. This includes: the design of consultation tools for use with children across the partner countries; the information to be provided to children; training resources for professionals; a multi-media resource for children and young people.

Over two years the project will consult with around 1000 children and young people across the partner countries on the theme ‘what makes good support and service responses?’.  This consultation includes school children and specific groups at risk of or already experiencing violence, including: children in care, children in detention/in conflict with the law, Roma children, children living in high conflict communities, child migrants and refugees, and child victims of domestic violence.  The overall aim is to enhance rights-based supports, services and treatment for child victims, and for those who work with children to better understand their needs.

For more information contact 
Dr Siobhán McAlister at s.mcalister@qub.ac.uk or tel +44 (0)28 9097 5918

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