Abstract

Projects, research and resources to support survivors of abuse should be informed and co-produced with experts by experience.

In all too many cases, participation of service users is often tokenistic and, in some cases, may re-traumatise survivors. This guide aims to provide an overview of the issues to consider when undertaking meaningful participation with young survivors of abuse and multiple disadvantage. There are challenges to be aware of, but also enormous benefits to survivors, services and communities. This guide is primarily for practitioners working within the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) sector but may also be of use to funders and commissioners. The contents are focused on working with children and young people, however the principles are similar for working with adults.