Participation Framework

The Everyday Heroes programme team devised the framework for participation, informed by young and adult experts. Building on the ethics and values from the previous Voice Against Violence pilot – the first young survivor expert group to the Scottish Government (Houghton 2015, 2017), the team also considered best practice from Europe (e.g. Lundy 2007) and from Scotland (e.g. the Commissioner for Scotland’s 7 golden rules). Young advisors worked with Voice Against Violence mentors to create information for young participants in the consultations.



  • Houghton, C. (2015) ‘Young People’s Perspectives on Participatory Ethics: Agency, Power and Impact in Domestic Abuse Research and Policy-Making’ Child Abuse Review, vol. 24, pp. 235–248. DOI: 10.1002/car.2407
  • Houghton, C. (2018) Voice Agency, Power: A Framework for young survivors’ participation in national domestic abuse policy-making in Holt, S., Overlien, C. and Devaney, J. (Eds) Responding to Domestic Violence: Emerging Challenges for Policy, Practise and Research in Europe. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Voice Against Violence Standards Booklet
  • Lundy, L. (2007) ‘’Voice’ is not enough: conceptualising Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.’ British Educational Research Journal, 33,6, 927-942.