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We are Family for Every Child, a global alliance of local civil society organisations working together to improve the lives of children around the world. This is a site for you, the members of Family for Every Child.

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Family for Every Child has undertaken a number of research projects, in order to highlight important care issues. Learn about just a few of them below. 


1. Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence

In 2018-19, members based in India, Nepal, the Philippines and Cambodia carried out primary research to look at the issue of sexual violence affecting boys and the effectiveness of available interventions and care. This built upon a global scoping study, which they designed: Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence. Extended individual interviews were conducted with boys who had experienced sexual violence, and focus group discussions were carried out with children and young people in the general population, caregivers and professionals. Considering the sensitive nature of this research a strong emphasis was placed on research ethics and child safeguarding. This research is leading to strong advocacy outcomes for the organisations involved. In their respective countries, the research is enabling them to have an important influence in policy debates relating to the care and protection for boys affected by sexual violence. CPTCSA, for example, shared findings with the Council for the Welfare of the Child in a legislative consultation and the research was used as a basis to sucessfully advocate for the inclusion of boys into statutory rape law, thus giving them protection and rights. In Cambodia, the evidence base provided by the research allowed First Step Cambodia to improve its advocacy work with government and communities. 


2. Digital Storytelling 

Between 2015-2018, 13 Family for Every Child members have been trained in and conducted national research and advocacy projects using the visual tool digital storytelling (DST). Two reports have been produced analysing the findings of the two phases of the projects in relation to the key research question, which focussed on children’s experiences of family care. An evaluation of the outcomes and impacts of the project found that DST is a particularly effective tool to help children to discuss difficult subjects and build stronger relationships with others, including their own families and other children. The children’s responses as part of the consultation were overwhelmingly positive about the project, with a vast majority agreeing that they would take part again if given the chance. Most significantly, the process was therapeutic for many of the children involved. Organisations already using therapeutic approaches in their work with children and families found that DST provided a structured approach and a tangible result, which motivated and rewarded the children. The increase in confidence and self-esteem which grew from having a platform and safe space to share stories and feelings led to improved communication and relationships not only with staff members and therapists, but within families themselves.


3. PhotoVoice

Members in Mexico, Guatemala and the USA are working on a PhotoVoice research project which will elicit the experiences and recommendations of children and inform advocacy for the promotion of safer, more informed and more welcomed movement between Central America and the USA. The inclusion of children’s voices and opinions will be essential in advocating for policies that include increased protections for children in transit and at borders.