We are thrilled to launch the Meaningful Survivor Participation Engagement Toolkit.
Survivor engagement is important. Decision makers can often be the furthest removed from survivors’ experiences. Without meaningful engagement, we run the risk of making assumptions about what survivors need and want from organisations and interventions, or not considering them at all.Created through co-production with survivors, the purpose of this toolkit is to identify good practice and support Welsh Women’s Aid’s member services and others to develop a framework of survivor and service user engagement that is: Empowering, trauma-informed, strengths- based, needs-led and dynamic. We have termed this a ‘back to basics’ framework as for some practitioners it will be an already established way of working. However, for some organisations commissioning pressures that prioritise outcomes over values may have led to a distancing from these principles. Our aim is to put them back at the heart of all of our work. It is our intention for the framework to be dynamic and to refresh it regularly with updates and direct feedback from survivors and practitioners in order to ensure that survivors’ voices are centred.
This toolkit is for:
- Specialist services / Welsh Women’s Aid specialist members.
- Organisations planning engagement with survivors of domestic abuse and other forms of VAWG (in partnership with specialist services)
- Governments undertaking survivor engagement activities and consultation
- Police, health and other statutory agencies consulting with victims/survivors.
For more information about the toolkit, please contact our Survivor Engagement Officer Vicky Lang on [email protected]For all related press inquiries please contact Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Stephanie Grimshaw on [email protected] If you are a survivor of violence against women, domestic abuse or sexual violence, support is available through the Live Fear Free helpline. Call: 0808 80 10 800 Text: 07860 077333 Email: [email protected]