MCF Summer Seminar - The voice of lived experience being heard in a way that does no further harm

July 14, 2022

For the MCF team it is important that the voices of lived life experience is listened to, heard and acted upon. It is, however, vital that this is done in the right way that does no further harm. Those sharing their experience tell us that it can be a very difficult thing for them to do and is sometimes made worse by lack of preparation.

At the Seminar we will be launching two new resources which provide guidance for both organisations working alongside victims and survivors of CSA who are sharing their experiences publicly, and for victims and survivors themselves. Both resources have been written by a group of victims and survivors who have worked alongside MCF over the past 8 months. They have shared their experiences of speaking out, whether that is talking at an event, doing media interviews or providing case studies. They have all had good and bad experiences doing this work. They want to help everybody get it right and are eager to share this guidance with you all.

Come join us and hear these voices. We will be joined by members of our lived life experience group who will tell you about the creation of these resources and why they are so important, and why they need to inform your practice. The Seminar will be chaired by our Victim and Survivor Advocate, Rhiannon, who will share the process of forming the focus group, the support put in place to promote a safe environment, and lessons learned along the way.

We want this guidance to inform practice so that the correct support is in place for all victims and survivors who wish to share their experiences going forward.

We are sure you will be just as excited about these resources as we are, and we look forward to seeing you at the launch next week.

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“It is comforting to see that the Marie Collins Foundation is trying to address the issues of children harmed online and enabling front line practitioners to conduct work with children that is based on relevant research. I will be a regular visitor to the website and will be advertising the charity in the workshops I facilitate.”

Social worker, MCF training attendee

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