London Expert Workshop – Summary

The Building with Bamboo Expert Workshop hold on 4 May in London was a huge success. 20 practitioners and academics participated at the event and had the opportunity to explore our learning and approach. Participants also were able to meet in person our Resilience Champions, Alfred Ochaya from SALVE, Uganda, Krishna Subedi from CWISH, Nepal and Sylvia Reyes in representation of JUCONI Ecuador. Please find here the workshop presentation if you want to learn more.

 

Expert Workshop Highlights

The Expert Workshop started with a presentation by Caroline Ford, CSC’s CEO, about the project and the objective of the Expert Workshop. She outlined that the main aim of the workshop was to take all participants in a journey through our practice, and also, the approach we have employed to adapt resilience-based approaches in order to improve the well-being of street-connected children. She added that the workshop was designed to allow practitioners and academics to critically engage with our learning and reflect on their own thinking on resilience and their resilience-based practices.

Next, the Project Facilitator, Dr Ruth Edmonds, introduced the scope, approach and activities carried out by Resilience Champions. She emphasised that they have been working on a small scale, with a local focus, working with learning partners in contrasting settings and children with different forms of street connections, including child domestic workers. She also explained that the phase II of the project has been focused on finding how we can work on a resilience-based way, this includes learning more about the relationship between staff, organisations and children and finding out what does it mean to work on this way and how we do it.

Following, the Resilience Champions had the opportunity to talk about their work and successfully led three group work sessions. In the first session participants explored the learning that is coming from the project and reflected if this confirms or supports their knowledge on resilience and resilience-based approaches and if the learning contradicts or makes them rethink what they do in relation to resilience.

Participants engaged with 4 key learning themes:

 

Theme 1
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Theme 2
Theme 3
Theme 4

 

In the second session participant were invited to try some methods and tools Resilience Champions have been using so far. They discussed how does the learning challenge their thinking and practices about resilience and came up with a ‘how might we’ question to address these challenges, and also, ideas to respond to the ‘How might we’ question. Each group reply to a question created by another group, this in order to promote further thinking, the questions discussed were:

  • Q. How might we foster a resilient culture at every level of society to support children & families who face sexual abuse?

A. Creating and initiating debate which can break the culture of silence through televised/radio dramas

  • Q. How might we work with the community so that it is safe for the child to disclose sexual abuse?

A. Creating participation spaces for the community to self-reflect on own prejudices and stigma surrounding sexual abuse through story telling local practices.

  • Q3. How might we address peer-to-peer sexual abuse (including abuse perpetuated by boys to boys/girls to girls)?

A. Developing a dual approach that fosters safe, open discussions on a wider scale which include a culture of learning about sexual relationships and emotional support for both victims and perpetrator

The workshop finalised with Resilience champions sharing the best things they took from their work week in London, they expressed  they felt encourage to meet more like minded practitioners that are working towards improving the well-being of street-connected children.

Mildred Sarachaga

Mildred joined CSC as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer in September 2017, after six months as Network Development Intern. She helps to coordinate the evaluation and shared learning for Building with Bamboo. She has experience in grassroots-led initiatives to child protection, Monitoring & Evaluation and supporting digital learning platforms. She holds a MA in International Development: Peace, Conflict and Reconstruction and has worked for INGOs both in the UK and Colombia. Email her at mildred@streetchildren.org.

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