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Participation for Protection’ (P4P) is a project funded by the European Commission aimed at enhancing child-centred approaches to victims of violence, and raising children’s understanding of reporting mechanisms and support structures.

It is led Siobhan McAlister, Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast and involves partners from Austria; Belgium; Germany; the Republic of Ireland; Romania; and the UK.

The project 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.

Over two years the project will consult with over 1000 children and young people across the partner countries regarding their views on what constitutes harm, what helps in terms of disclosure and what makes for good service responses?

Consultations will involve school children, and specific groups at risk of, or 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 of the project is to enhance rights-based supports, services and treatment for child victims, and for those who work with children to better understand their needs.