10 Principles for Working with Children – Safe Guarding Postcards from the Alexi Project17-Jul-2018
The Alexi Project has recently published a series of helpful postcards which provide guidance and an easier understanding of working with children based around young people’s experiences of CSE services.
Produced by The International Centre (Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking) based at University of Bedfordshire, The Alexi Project set about extending the coverage and reach of child sexual exploitation (CSE) services in England, by the roll out of 16 new services and reviewing and evaluating the development of those services.
The intention of the project was to protect more children and young people from abuse, as well as improve local responses to CSE.
Through working with a Young Researcher's Advisory Panel, the University’s Project have filtered and combined their responses, opinions and messages into 10 principles for working with young people affected by CSE.
Described in simple text and colourful graphics, the postcards clearly define the principles of working with young people based on the experiences reported within the project:
- We want and need services
- Show us you care
- Give us time
- Share information about us, and with us, in a responsible and sensitive way
- Treat us with respect and give us choices
- Offer us opportunities to develop as people
- Give us a voice
- Don’t discriminate
- Try and make sure we see and talk to the same person
- Stay hopeful – things can change
As well as these 10 postcards, The Project also provides a PowerPoint presentation for BOTH Mac and PC containing an additional 8 images - all produced by Una Comics for the CSE Principles Comics Project - for use in training, and to support the development of good practice.