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See, Hear, Act - Giving children and young people a voice

Women's Aid Federation NI (WAFNI) will host the island of Ireland's first ever Children and Domestic Violence Conference in Belfast in 2018. The conference will provide a platform for the voices of children and young people, empowering them to have their say in safe and creative ways. Children and young people have a voice; it's time to start listening to it.

With opportunities to hear from academic experts and practitioners delivering groundbreaking work with children and young people in NI and further afield, the conference will provide those working with children and young people with a range of support tools and practical strategies for responding to children affected by domestic violence.

Women's Aid believes that everyone can do something, so participants will learn about how they can make a difference and involve children and young people in the work they do, and about how important they are in young person's life.

Conference speakers will include:

  • Lord Justice Gillen, Head of the Review of Civil and Family Justice in Northern Ireland
  • Davina James-Hanman, Independent Violence against Women Consultant
  • Stephanie Holt, Associate Professor of Social Studies at Trinity College Dublin
  • Professor Jane Callaghan, Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, University of Stirling
  • Dr Claire Houghton, Expert Advisor in Children's Rights and Gender-based Violence at the University of Edinburgh
  • Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner for Children and Young People, will also be speaking about domestic violence as a children's rights issue

The conference programme will also include:

  • Opportunities to hear from children and young people who have been affected by domestic violence through a range of different media and creative methods
  • Launch of a book of children and young people's art
  • A range of creative, participatory workshops from Women's Aid NI, showcasing our groundbreaking work with children and young people and giving participants a chance to contribute to the conversation, including our successful preventative education programme
Day 1 of the conference will focus on the experiences of children and young people affected by domestic violence and the impact it has on them and their lives. This will set the context for Day 2 of the conference which will focus on best practice and support tools for working with children and young people affected by domestic violence.
Throughout both days, participants will hear from children and young people who have been affected by domestic violence. Women's Aid NI carries out regular consultations and focus groups with the children and young people we work with and their experiences and needs are central to the development of our children's services. It is these voices, through the use of a range of different media, that attendees will hear from.
Participants will also take part in a number of workshops during the afternoon on both days. These interactive workshops will use a range of creative methods to get participants contributing to the discussion and coming away with a greater understanding of the work that's being done in this area.

This conference will be useful for anyone working directly or indirectly with children and young people, including teachers, social workers, medical and dental practitioners, PSNI, youth workers, legal professionals, representatives from government departments, academics, and anyone else working with children and young people in the community, voluntary or statutory sectors.

The event is proudly supported by Bank of Ireland UK in partnership with Allstate. All queries and requests for further information can be directed to Women's Aid Federation NI by email: on seehearact@womensaidni.org or phone: 02890 249 041.

Women's Aid's vision is that this conference will not just be a one-time event, but the start of a process that supports everyone working together to create a safer society for children and young people. With support, children and young people can and do recover from domestic violence and Women's Aid hopes everyone attending this conference will leave it feeling energised and inspired about how they can see, hear and act for children affected by domestic violence.

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