Research: We are applying a mixed methods/ethnographically informed and community participatory model of peer support assessment as the basis for designing a peer-to-peer mental health promotion and support group. Having collected quantitative data in the pilot project, we intend to unpack emerging data points and track changes in our cohort/participants through qualitative focus groups, interviews and comparative surveys.
Intervention: We intend to train more peer mentors who will be available in selected communities to offer mental health first aid to their peers. We will provide incentives such as noise-cancelling headphones, a mobile application, masks, hand sanitisers, internet access/data, airtime, and mental health promotional materials translated into three languages. In order to meet our target of providing population-focused solutions, we intend to hold thirteen sessions of the writers' clinic (i.e. student writing workshops) between the inception of the project and December 2021.
Research: Led by Sport in Action, the research component of the Kick-Out Covid-19 phase-2 project will investigate: the availability and accessibility of Covid-19 information for children and young people (CYP) living with disabilities and their caregivers; the availability and accessibility of Covid-19-related PPE for CYP living with disabilities and their caregivers; and the access to health services for CYP living with disabilities and their caregivers. We will also assess the attitudes of health professionals towards CYP living with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the social and economic lifestyles among CYP under Kick-Out Covid-19 income generation support. Finally, we will gather insights into how the Government and key stakeholders perceive the work of Sport In Action as a coalition partner during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Intervention: This will include sensitisation and education for Covid-19 risk behaviours, and production and placement of communication materials on social and mainstream media, as well as in-person messaging using megaphones during handouts and health screening events. There will also be provision of materials for the reduction of Covid-19 infection, and reduction of Covid-19-enhanced vulnerabilities. We will use existing structures to deliver masks, hygiene products and income generation ventures, as well as advocacy and engagement of duty bearers and persons of high influence to contribute to the improvement of CYP's lifestyles. Finally, we will systematically collect data related to the impact of Kick-Out Covid-19 project interventions on Covid-19-influenced vulnerabilities among CYP living with disabilities.
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Research: The research aims to design a 'digital self-defence' training tool based upon focus group research with children and young people (CYP) and Child Online Protection stakeholders. By speaking to CYP, we can understand and translate more clearly how they would like to be safeguarded and communicated with in establishing digital self-defence in the context of online sexual violence. By speaking to teachers and safeguarding practitioners from NGOs, we can build a tool that reflects their concerns about delivering information, their preparedness in tackling occasions of concern relating to sexual violence, and knowledge gaps. This preliminary research will also provide an opportunity to understand Rwanda-specific needs in the context of a rapidly digitally developing future. During the focus group interviews, CYP, stakeholders and NGO members will be asked to discuss what topics they think are essential in safeguarding against sexual violence in a digital age, the best and worst ways to communicate online safety to CYP, barriers to disclosure, and what to do when a child or young person has been the victim of sexual violence.
The research will be conducted in the context of the recently introduced Child Online Protection Policy ( 2019) and 5 year implementation plan developed by Prof Davidson and Baroness Beeban Kidron (5Rights Foundation) in collaboration with the Rwandan Government, the Ministry of ICT, the University of Rwanda and other stakeholders. https://5rightsfoundation.com/our-work/child-online-protection/rwanda-cop-policy.html
Intervention: The research team will ask the students broad questions about these topics; they may prompt students so as to gather more information, but the interview questions will not stray from these main topics. During the focus groups, CYP will be asked to discuss their screen lives and experiences. They will share what they love about their online lives, voice their fears, vent their frustrations and offer messages to parents and peers. The findings from the focus groups will be incorporated in the self-defence tool and utilised as supporting materials for front-line practitioners.
Research: The research component of the Kick-Out Covid-19 phase-2 project will investigate the combined impact of Covid-19, the eleven-year civil crisis, the Ebola epidemic and the mudslide, and their effects on disabled or disadvantaged children and young people (CYP), especially their livelihoods, and their health and wellbeing. In response to the findings in phase one – where we used a planning tool (i.e. survey) to collect evidence about how CYP were coping during the Covid-19 pandemic, and what support services they needed coming out of lockdown – we intend to re-apply the planning tool, supplemented with in-depth qualitative interviews, to better understand the support needs of young people struggling to transition into meaningful work, training and/or entrepreneurship to build meaningful lives in spite of human-made and natural disasters.
Intervention: We will help rehabilitate disabled or disadvantaged CYP affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone. We will deliver merchandise goods to business-oriented CYP, and artisanal tools in tailoring and carpentry to CYP with these skills, and refer CYP who want to return to school or college to educational institutions. We will deliver sustainable support (e.g. capacity building and teaching module) to disabled or disadvantaged CYP to better manage disaster and health emergencies.
We will undertake policy advocacy that will enable disabled or disadvantaged CYP to have increased access to public information systems and support services regarding their health and wellbeing in emergencies. We will work with policy influencers including the Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs Ministry, the Ministry of Education, SLANGO (Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organisations), and other community stakeholders.
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