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The PANDA Project and REACCH
An Erasmus+ project supporting children’s participation

The Participation and Collaboration for Protection (PANDA) Project aimed to promote the participation of young children, aged 12 years and under, in decision-making through strengthening professionals’ collaboration with young children involved in child welfare/child protection services. Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, it brought together social workers, policy makers, managers from eight partners in four countries (Belgium, Spain, Norway and Northern Ireland).

As part of the PANDA project, the team developed the REACCH website - Resources for Engaging And Collaborating with Children – to support professionals, policy makers and managers to help children to find their voices and access their participation rights in a collaborative environment.

Centre Members: Dr Paul McCafferty, Professor Karen Winter

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Organisational review
Implementing Trauma Informed Approaches in Northern Ireland. Organisational Review

2023-2024: this project was an organisational review of the implementation of Trauma Informed Approaches (TIAs) in Northern Ireland (NI) commissioned by the Safeguarding Board for NI (SBNI) through funding by the cross-Executive Programme on Paramilitarism and Organised Crime (EPPOC).

The Safeguarding Board NI has been supporting workforces and organisations to become trauma informed since 2018. This research gauged what progress has been made in embedding trauma informed practice since then. It included: an international literature review; a bespoke online survey completed by statutory and voluntary sector organisations, focus groups with cross-sector senior managers, and sector specific case studies from selected education, social care, youth justice and health services.


The Executive Summary report ‘We are on a Journey’ is available on the SBNI website.

Centre members: Dr Suzanne Mooney, Dr Mandi MacDonald, Professor Davy Hayes

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Speak Out, Stay Safe Evaluation
National Evaluation

2018 -2021: This project was a national evaluation of the NSPCC’s Speak Out, Stay Safe programme for primary school children across the UK. Speak Out, Stay Safe is a preventive intervention that aims to improve children’s understanding of abuse and other forms of harm, recognise the signs of abuse, how to get help, and the sources of help available to them.

The evaluation was carried out by a team of researchers based at several Universities across the United Kingdom, led by the University of Central Lancashire (England) and involving Queens University Belfast (Northern Ireland), Edinburgh University (Scotland), Bangor University (Wales) and the University of Greenwich (England).

Centre Members: Professor Davy Hayes and Professor Berni Kelly.

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