Keep Me Safe in Europe Project
Start date: Oct 1, 2014,
End date: Sep 30, 2016
This project focuses on the development and implementation of a game infused e-learning tool to promote health and early access to services with neglect and abuse for young people on the move in Europe. The e-learning tool will be co-produced by twenty-four young people with knowledge or experience of neglect and abuse to help keep young people self as they cross Europe. One of the priorities of the EU is the free movement of people which often involves students and adults of working age with dependents. The project aims to build an game infused e-learning tool which will allow young people from across Europe to learn more about the different child protections systems in existence across the EU to help find early routes for help if they are experiencing a problem with neglect and abuse. Professionals will also benefit from the e-learning tool as a guide to young people's emotional journey of recognition, telling and help seeking. The project builds on learning by partner organizations who have in previous work examined child protection systems from a EU context and youth perspective. Anglia Ruskin and East Anglia University examined young people’s emotional journey of recognition, telling and seeking help with abuse and neglect which was funded by the Office of Children’s Commissioner, in England. The framework developed from the study is used here to help structure the game. The second project completed by Walsall Council, European University Cyprus and City academy called Keep Me Safe centered on the development of a prototype game and was funded by the Daphne-YOU RESPOND (Horwarth et al 2010). This proposed project builds of these two separate but complementary projects with a focus on how use a youth-centric technology to primarily keep young people safe as they move across Europe and up skill professional groups.
Young people will be trained and supported to co-design and develop the e-learning tool which will raises the profile of vulnerable young people as European citizens capable of knowing, understanding and responding to their own risks. The project framework enables groups of vulnerable young people to provide insights about their own issues and problems through a supportive mechanism that seeks to achieve voice, impact and improvement within social policy and social work environments. The objectives have been designed in response to the inconsistency and gaps of youth-led resources currently available to support the safeguarding of children and young people in throughout the EU and online. Key to the success of this new project is the role of 3 groups of young people from different EU countries who will lead:
•Participative applied research with children and young people in the context of EU citizenship.
•Design, format and content of new and innovative safeguarding resources relevant in relation to critical factors of age, culture and access.
•Dissemination, promotion and application of these new resources among children, young people and professionals throughout the EU.
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