Dr Claire Houghton is a Researcher at the University of Edinburgh and Expert Adviser on Gender Based Violence and Children’s Rights to the Scottish Government and Equally Safe Board.

Dr Houghton will be speaking about the inclusion of young survivors in national policy-making, outlining a framework co-developed through the ground-breaking Voice Against Violence pilot (https://www.voiceagainstviolence.org.uk/) and providing examples of young survivors making a real impact.

Building on this work,  she is currently undertaking a Participatory Action Research project with Scottish Women’s Aid, Barnardo’s and Rape Crisis to ensure children and young people influence the current Equally Safe strategy and recently launched Scottish Government Delivery Plan (http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/11/5647).

Her chapter ‘Voice, Agency, Power’ in Responding to Domestic Violence: Emerging Challenges for policy, practice and research in Europe provides further detail and the ethics are further explored in Houghton (2015) Young People’s Perspectives on Participatory Ethics: Agency, Power and Impact in Domestic Abuse Research and Policy-Making (Child Abuse Review. 24 (4)).

Speaking before the conference, Claire told us:

“This is a fabulous conference putting children and their rights at the centre. For me it’s an opportunity to show that children are not only resilient, brave survivor/victims but also potential agents of change – experts in their own lives and in changing society for the better. I am delighted to share Scotland’s experience of young survivors as expert advisers to government.”

Hear Dr Houghton on Day 1 of our See, Hear, Act children and domestic violence conference on 7~8 February by registering to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/see-hear-act-tickets-39006004008

Alternatively, get in touch with seehearact@womensaidni.org to pay by invoice or find out about group discounts and bursaries on offer.