‘Keeping the informal safe’: strategies for developing peer support initiatives for young people who have experienced sexual violence
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AbstractThere is increasing recognition of the value of trauma-informed approaches when working with young people affected by sexual violence. Peer support is a key principle of a trauma-informed approach; however, there are limited examples of peer support programmes for this group. This paper draws on interviews with 25 respondents with knowledge and experience of peer support initiatives with young people impacted by sexual violence. The article outlines their perspectives on how peer support initiatives – that may be viewed as more ‘risky’ than traditional casework – can be kept ‘safe’. Six strategies are identified together with implications for practice.
CitationCody C, Bovarnick S, Peace D, Warrington C (2022) '‘Keeping the informal safe’: strategies for developing peer support initiatives for young people who have experienced sexual violence', Children & Society, 36 (5), pp.1043-1063.
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Inc
JournalChildren & Society
SponsorsThis project was supported by Oak Foundation [grant number OCAY-16–457].
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