Oak Foundation’s Bamboo project is two phase research initiative. Phase 1 focused on finding out about children’s realities, with a focus on resilience: what really helped them avoid or recover from adversity, in particular sexual abuse and exploitation? Phase 2 – Building with Bamboo – is the chance to learn if changes in practice or approaches, developed to accurately reflect what was learned in the initial research, can be developed; and if so, to determine whether or not such developments improve outcomes for children.
In order to achieve this, we are using three locally tailored action learning projects across three continents, each of which is drawing on the Bamboo 1 findings to shape, inform and develop resilience-based approaches to working with street-connected children. Each project site has put forward an existing staff member as a Resilience Champion. These Champions, along with Consortium for Street Children team, form the centre of this international Community of Practice and Learning, both through this virtual platform and through face to face workshops and shared learning events.
Evaluation and learning
The learning projects are being evaluated using a developmental, ethnographic and participatory learning framework aimed at capturing local conceptualisations of resilience alongside common learning points across all three sites. By undertaking a series of learning cycles, the Resilience Champions will each gather and analyse qualitiative data from their organisations, teams, the children they support and their own experiences. At the end of each cycle, the Resilience Champions will come together for ‘sense-making’ sessions to inform adaptations to their approach as the project progresses.
By capturing both the process and experience of innovating these new, resilience-based approaches as well as the impact that these approaches have on outcomes for children, it is hoped that Building with Bamboo will generate approaches which are relevant, timely and above all successful in improving outcomes for street-connected children exposed to sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Click on the individual learning projects below to learn more: