INSPIRE ACCELERATOR: YOUNG PEOPLE ADVISORS
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Young people and their perspectives are key to ending violence against children. Yet their inputs and insights are often missing from research and interventions. The End Violence Lab at the University of Edinburgh, along with partner universities, created the Young People Advisors (YPA) programme to better understand how to meaningfully engage young people in the work being done to prevent violence against children.
INSPIRE CASE STUDIES
As a part of a series of youth-centred activities for YPA, youth volunteers were trained to be involved in the process of conducting a global systemic review of the seven INSPIRE strategies. The review aimed to identify ‘accelerators’ or interventions that have positive impacts across multiple SDG targets. Youth volunteers from five countries – Brazil, China, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivore, and Uganda – looked into the implementation and outcomes of specific INSPIRE interventions. As a result of their participation, five case studies were produced – each of which assessed the successes and challenges of interventions. The five case studies provide a unique context- and age-specific perspective by youth often missing from research and interventions undertaken for children. They incorporate research, review, and recommendations by young people.
REPORT AND GUIDE
Based on the youth-centred activities carried out for YPA, the Inspire Accelerator: Young People Advisors Report And Guide was created. The guide discusses the process and outcomes of working with the youth advisors. It outlines the outcomes, challenges, and recommendations when involving young people in research of policy frameworks and implementation. It also incorporates insights into what the young people learned and gained from participation.
The guide provides tangible examples for involving youth in research and assessment of interventions that directly impact their well-being. The insights from this report will be useful for designing ways to more consistently include children and young people in future knowledge and capacity-building exercises.