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Having Our Say Too

Location: UK

Keywords: Young People

Project Background

Partner Organisations: Main project partner –
National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

Individual regional project partners:

Barnardos SECOS (Middlesbrough)
Blackburn Engage (Blackburn)
Walsall Street Teams (Walsall)
NSPCC Protect and Respect (London)

PhotoVoice are partnering with the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People in running five participatory photography projects over the next year.  All projects will run in partnership with specialist support organizations (all the participating partner projects support young people identified as at risk of sexual exploitation or who have been affected by sexual exploitation). The young people involved have the opportunity to participate in a 3-month photography project.
So far projects in Middlesbrough and Blackburn ran throughout the summer and a project in Walsall commenced this September. A London project starts in November and there will be another project in the South East in early 2013.

Participating young people will explore different themes that offer a context to sexual exploitation including gender, power, relationships and sex. They will represent their thoughts, responses and experiences through photography, text and music, creating their own digital stories. There will be a national launch and celebration for participating young people (and their friends and families) from all the projects in 2013. A selection of project images from Blackburn and Walsall were featured as part of Brighton Photo Fringe Photography Festival 2012.

All the young people have the opportunity to complete a SEPE (Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness) BTEC certificate as part of each project – So far Middlesbrough and Blackburn projects have completed and all the young people submitted portfolio’s for accreditation.
PhotoVoice and project participants will work with the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People to develop their digital stories into a resource pack for a diverse range of professionals to use in their support of young people in specialized as well as mainstream support services throughout the UK.  This resource pack will be piloted in mid 2013 with 500 hundred packs subsequently being distributed to schools, youth projects and a range of specialist support services by the beginning of 2014. This resource is planned as a resource for service providers and professionals to deliver projects and services directly informed by the experiences and perspectives of young people. As a consequence the input from the participants will support many other young people across the UK to understand the issues and context of sexual exploitation and to safeguard themselves.

An online resource and independent website with a gallery and resources will also be developed to support young people, their families and professionals and also to profile the portfolio of work created by all the young people on the projects.


Project photo gallery

Project Outputs

WATCH Luke Haye’s Digital Story - Blackburn

WATCH Jean Jieman’s Digital Story - Middlesbrough

Images from the exhibition at the Brighton Photo Fringe:

HOS2 exhibition