The Student Voice was created by a team that believe in creative approaches to contextual safeguarding, thinking beyond traditional outlooks.
Firstly, we seek to overcome barriers to reporting so that all young voices can be heard. Secondly, we empower young people to be courageous and responsible by giving them the tools to advocate for their community and participate in keeping their community safe. Lastly, we seek to understand young people’s experiences, so schools can expand their safeguarding culture and prevent future harm in their communities.
As we have all experienced at some point in our lives, it is extremely difficult to come forward and disclose something, even to our trusted friends, and especially face to face, which is, unfortunately, why many people stay silent.
For young people, the social rules that govern their lives (Dr Carlene Firmin, 2017) can make coming forward even harder. We can, however, start the conversation by listening to our young people authentically and providing them with brave spaces.
There is immense potential in providing young people with these spaces and we operate with an awareness of their varied life experiences, striving to respect and understand their social rules.