Online the first Children First’s “Comparative Report”
As a part of the Children First project, during the last months the consortium has led a research activity aimed at laying the foundation of the tools which will be produced in order to train teachers and educate school children on how to prevent and address dating violence. After the analysis of the 5 national reports issued from this research activity and collecting desk-based and field-based research in all partner countries, we are happy to share our first comparative report!
This report draws upon similarities and differences in regard to the views and attitudes of children and youth on gender-based violence (GBV) occurring in teen relationships in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lithuania and the UK.
In all countries, the research activity engaged directly children and teenagers 12-18 years old. More specifically, secondary research involved a short but thorough interdisciplinary review of existing literature on the topic, with the purpose of enriching the limited information available on teen relationships in Europe with new statistical data, best practices, overview of existing schemes and practices, as well as policy recommendations.
The primary research involved both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including:
- Youth-led focus groups with children and young people (3 conducted by UK, IT, LT with 12-15 children and young people each);
- Interviews with children and young people (77 overall);
- A pan-European online survey that targeted more than 500 youth overall.
What we have concluded from this extensive research with youth?
An element which emerges clearly from our research is that a large number of children and adolescents have already experienced discrimination, limitations, physical or sexual violence because of their gender, even before the age of 18. The most frequent cases are those of emotional and psychological violence, which mainly affect women and the LGBTQI+ community.
What we recommend to European leaders in order to properly address the phenomenon of dating violence?
Some common recommendations on a European level are:
1) to promote awareness actions aimed at students, parents and teachers;
2) to train educators, teachers and professionals on the matter;
3) to strengthen the support services and schemes already existing in schools;
4) to ensure the active participation of young people in the process of policy making, to encourage cooperation between different stakeholders in order to prevent and support young people and their rights;
5) to include the subject of sex education and gender equality in the official school curriculums;
6) to encourage more research on the matter and an inclusive policy framework to protect and prevent GBV among children and adolescents in each national setting.
You can read the whole report here: https://childrenfirst.info/online-resources/
Stay tuned to discover the results collected in the second Comparative report, aimed at mapping existing strategies and policies related to school related gender-based violence and abuse – available soon!