Overview
Workshop sessions


These are all the workshops that will be offered during the week. Learn more about them by clicking on the title !

  • Age

    10+

1. Get the governments to make good plans and projects and pay for them
In this workshop we will explore from the experience of each participant how we can influence legislation, and how a personal experience of engagement can become policy.

Children and young people are often very critical about politics in general. They don’t see how political engagement can lead to concrete change and they feel it is often surrounded by corruption.

We need to start building a school of citizenship together. We will try to leave this workshop inspired and with an agenda to strengthen our possibilities of influencing policy and legislation directly through child participation.

  • Age

    10+

2. Have good laws and take them seriously

Ari’s dad has gone to prison and we need your help. Come and join us to help rewrite the story of Ari’s journey through the prison system. We will be thinking about the services that Ari needs each step along the way and how those services can be designed with children for children to make them as open, welcoming and helpful as possible.
In our session, we will be looking at a group of children who may be at high risk of experiencing some very different types of violence: children who have a parent in prison. Some of these children may experience or witness different types of violence during this time but they may not know what services they can turn to for help or may not have access to services at all. We will be going on a journey together, to think about what could make Ari’s experience better each step of the way: during the police arrest, during the trial, during imprisonment and after Ari’s dad is released.
There will be time for whole group and small group discussions, problem solving and action planning! This will be an interactive, learning workshop where we listen to each other and share ideas for improving services for children. Come along ready to learn, to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and to share your own ideas for making services better for all children!

  • Age

    6+

3. Change people's attitudes and behaviour

This workshop is designed to demonstrate how Indigenous knowledge systems are being used to empower young people in Australia to overcome racism and bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together for reconciliation. The workshop will unpack the reasons why there is no reconciliation in Australia and how Shawn is using Indigenous traditions, customs and knowledge to create reconciliation through programs that empower young people.

  • Age

    7+

4. Get everyone to talk freely, and work with the media and others

The aim is to help you provoke action and break through the all-important barriers between children’s corporate charities, children’s local charities, all community stakeholders, the media, trusts and group supporters. In this informal, collaborative and practical session, you will learn about, discuss and practice writing strategies. If you have a smartphone or tablet, please bring it with you (this is not essential).

  • Age

    11+

5a. Help children understand, speak up and take action

This will be an interactive session focusing on understanding rights, especially in relation to violence against children. We will talk about the types of violence some children may experience and how to stay safe. We will think about what a healthy friendship/relationship is by playing a fun game and also think about staying safe online. Finally, we will talk about how we can make sure our voices are heard and listened to!
This session leads into a skills afternoon session where we will develop tools and resources to get our voices heard!

  • Age

    6-10

5b. Help children understand, speak up and take action

The workshop aims to help children understand why they feel scared, and what the threats are in our environment. We will do this through games. After that, we will have discussions and draw a picture of things that make us feel safe.

This session will introduce the concept of mediation and outline the stages of the mediation process. Participants will then divide into small groups and use a simple conflict scenario to practice the process of mediation. Participants will come back to the large group to share any agreements reached and reflections on the process.

  • Age

    12+

6a. Help adults prevent and deal with violence

This session will introduce the concept of mediation and outline the stages of the mediation process. Participants will then divide into small groups and use a simple conflict scenario to practice the process of mediation. Participants will come back to the large group to share any agreements reached and reflections on the process.

This session will introduce the concept of mediation and outline the stages of the mediation process. Participants will then divide into small groups and use a simple conflict scenario to practice the process of mediation. Participants will come back to the large group to share any agreements reached and reflections on the process.

  • Age

    12+

6b. Help adults prevent and deal with violence

This workshop will help participants to understand the principles, methods & environment which can lead to effective actions led by children & adults to combat violence. We will explore the educational heritage of great leaders in the field and find relevant ideas for today’s children through film case study and educational design methods.

  • Age

    11+

7. Have proper services to help children

Ari’s dad has gone to prison and we need your help. Come and join us to help rewrite the story of Ari’s journey through the prison system. We will be thinking about the services that Ari needs each step along the way and how those services can be designed with children for children to make them as open, welcoming and helpful as possible.

  • Age

    6+

8. Make sure people do what they promise

We will share what we know about monitoring of child protection and ways to involve young people in monitoring. We will highlight the value of Community Mapping and using Photos and the option of drawing, as ways that young people and adults can use to monitor in order to support child protection.

  • Age

    All ages. Families and friends are encouraged to attend together

Paws and Play

Paws and Play is an interactive workshop focused on listening: the different ways in which people listen, talk, and ask questions. Often these differences can be the source of frustration, deep misunderstandings, and conflict.
Using animal puppets, movement, the capacity to reflect on our own behaviour, and a sense of play we will explore these differences and find ways to understand, connect with one another more deeply, and learn ways of helping each other listen and be heard.
You will leave the workshop with greater awareness of the difference in how we each express our needs, and with a simple model for practicing the actions necessary for more clear, loving and effective listening. At the heart of this model is “pausing” and spark curiosity (this is the basis for the workshop title.)
We encourage friends and families to come together. The movement activities are simple and easy, regardless of your physical abilities. Bring your imagination and a willingness to engage.
The workshop is based on the Learning for Well-being approach.

  • Age

    11+

Tools for monitoring and oversight

Our workshop will introduce play-based participatory research tools that have been used in our project in different countries. These tools can be changed by children and/or adults in order to work in research or programs across countries. The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to try the tools, share their experiences, and learn from one another. Over the period of 90 minutes, we will share participatory research tools such as the Web of Protection involving yarn and Pots and Stones as well as energizers, so that both adults and children can learn and experience these tools.

  • Age

    11+

Help children understand, speak up and take action

This fun and interactive session will use a mixture of games, discussion and activities to plan how to get our voices heard. We will think about the benefits of participation, how to become peer leaders, how to research issues that are important to you and how to make sure you have an impact and evaluate how you are getting on. Come ready with ideas for what you want to be heard about!

  • Age

    8-13

Leadership training for kittens

We believe young children are capable of being leaders as well as participants.
This is a 3 workshop series where a group of young people will design participation activities, and learn how to facilitate these. Children should attend all three workshops as they will build on their skills each time.
After the third workshop the children will lead an activity at CATS in which older children and adults are the participants and they are the facilitators.
The children will learn that their ideas are worthy of attention and that they can be leaders from a young age. They will learn and/or improve their team work skills and public speaking skills.
Sessions will include lots of drama and arts based activities and games.
Wear comfy clothes.

  • Age

    6+. Children aged 6-8 must be accompanied by an adult

Loving classrooms

A safe world is not just about getting rid of violence. It is about building positive relationships across communities, cultures and nations.
We will use talking, activities, a short meditation and images to help us feel more connected to people in humanity. This means people close to us and strangers. When we feel connected to others it is easier to work together and avoid arguing.
We will also think about how our differences make us special and help bring something important to the world.
Everyone should take away a better understanding of themselves and the people around them. This will help to build safe and caring environments.
Expect lots of small and big group talking, moving around the room and moments of quiet thought.

  • Age

    16+

Using listening and coaching skills to discuss violence

Really helping people to feel listened to is an important skill – especially when talking about violence. This workshop will allow participants to practice coaching, listening and body language skills in order to have difficult conversations and handle disclosures.
There will be lots of pair and small group discussions to practice the conversational skills. We will also do whole group work to identify types of difficult conversation, abuse, how to handle disclosures and who to talk to if needed.
Our practice conversations should be personal but not traumatic. Some sensitive topics may come up as participants get comfortable sharing. We will be adopting a confidential approach to all topics raised (unless an individual(s) are at risk of harm).
This will be very discussion based and there will not be a lot of physical movement.

  • Age

    10+

Working with anger using art

We will use simple art materials to do two exercises about anger. The first is a group exercise looking at physical symptoms of anger. The second is an individual exercise looking at what lies underneath our anger. We will share the results in pairs or small groups.

  • Age

    7+ and families

Dance off your emotions

This workshop is designed for every level of dancer: you don’t need any dance experience to come! Of course, you are also welcome if you are a professional dancer!
As it’s a dance workshop, please wear comfortable clothes.
The aim of the session will be to express emotions with movements and to be more comfortable with your own body. After a few starting exercises to warm up, we will experiment with several improvisation methods based on emotions and gestures. The whole session will be a dialogue between the different participants, including the facilitator: it will not be a dance course. For instance, the facilitator will create different choreographies every day, based on participants’ gestures.
The basic session will last one and a half hours, but for those who would like to continue the adventure, an extra half-hour will be dedicated to improvisations in pairs and to a moment of calm.

  • Age

    8+ and families

Talking about safety with no words : using your body and movement to show what matters

Instead of talking about complicated things like “safety” and “violence”, in this workshop we will use our own bodies in space to show – and let others feel – how each of us experience violence, and also how we can explore ways to move out of violence, and create safety together – all without talking too much.
The workshop will start by showing how our bodies can tell so much about what is going on inside, and end with looking at what helps us move from violence to safety, using “human sculptures” and the imagination of everyone.
The only thing you need is your body and curiosity. Bring comfortable clothes that allow you to move around and role on the floor.

  • Age

    7+

Music, rythm and silence

Are We Really Listening? begins with gentle movements and soft sounds as we introduce ourselves to each other, clapping the syllables of our names. We will move into small groups to write poetry about how we are feeling. The Kittens can tell a story to an adult who will write it. The older participants can create Haiku if they would like.
I will bring small egg shakers and castanets to add rhythm to our stories as we share them with our group and then to the class.
We will close with several songs.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring writing paper and a pen/pencil, as well as a small musical instrument that you enjoy using. If you don’t have a favorite musical instrument at home, you can use one of mine.

  • Age

    Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult

I AM – Portrait & Poem

This activity turns everyone into an artist and poet, giving participants a unique insight into themselves and their peers.
• Please bring yourself and a smartphone (with camera and email availability) if possible – we need 1 smartphone for every 2 people.
• All other materials provided.

1. Circle up for some Ice Breaker/Warm Up Games.
2. Break into teams of two to take and get your photo taken.
3. Turn your photo into a self portrait and bring yourself to glorious life through tracing, outlining, painting and embellishment.
4. Fill in the blanks on the “I AM” poem handout and find out why you and your peers are so special and why sharing is so valuable.

You will be able to share your poems and have your self portraits exhibited.

  • Age

    Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult

Storytelling workshop

This workshop consists of a series of storytelling activities. The story of my name: participants to turn to a partner and explain what their name means (if anything) and where it comes from. One-minute stories: participants share one-minute stories of an experience with working to end violence against children. Name tags: participants write five words around their name that suggest what they value about ending violence against children. Metaphors: Each participant receives a photo and writes down a metaphor suggested by that image to represent a challenge within their community that might prevent them from working to end violence against children. The photos and metaphors are circulated and added to by everyone in the group. Future stories: Participants build a story of a future world without any violence against children (from practical to wildest dreams!). Working together with others, this is turned into a national newspaper cover story. If participants want to work with digital formats and video, they should bring smartphone or tablet if they have one (not essential).

Guest Speakers
Sara
Sara Oviedo

Sara Oviedo has been a ferly defender of Human Rights and specially of Children’s Rights and Child Participation for the last 50 years, she started her commitment with Monseñor Leónidas Proaño a Bishop who was an important actor in the liberation of indigenous people in Riobamba, Ecuador. Among her many contributions she worked in the National Institute for Childhood and Family for 20 years in Ecuador, she coordinated from 2005 to 2015 the elaboration of the National Plan for Childhood and Adolescence in Ecuador and between 2006-2008 she was President of the Executive Council of the Interamerican Institute of Childhood of the Organization of American States. From 2013 to February 2017 she was Vice-President of The Committee of Children’s Rights of the United Nations making Child Participation one of her priorities in this mission. She is currently a Global Ambassador for the Social Network SOKHRATES and the Executive Director of the QuituRaymi Foundation that represents ECPAT(End child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes) in Ecuador.

Nichole Ruiz

Nichole Ruiz is a 14 year old Ecuadorian-American who currently lives in Miami, Florida, in the United States. She will be attending Terra Environmental Research Institute. Nichole has grown learning to involve herself and do something about world issues, such as climate change and bullying. In her fifth year, she committed herself to create an initiative called Promoting Empathy, Awareness, and Courage for Everyone, (PEACE), which was a group of 11 and 12 year olds advocating for fair treatment and promoting awareness about bullying. This project continued for two years and then got recognition from the Mayor of Doral, Florida who declared May to be the cities “Anti- bullying Month”. She then went on to write an essay that talked about an idea that would help society progress for the Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, and Enrichment (SECME) national program. This essay won a national prize in the SECME writing competition. In the midst of recent tragic events such as the Parkland shooting, she has started creating and attending protests to make her voice be heard about gun violence. Nichole has also participated in protests to advocate for immigrant children who are separated from their parents. In her spare time, Nichole plays volleyball, piano and loves to read.

Soleil Doering

Soleil Doering is an artist and student activist currently studying theater at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She has been active in several community based initiatives since her elementary school days that promote positive civic engagement. These include the anti-bullying PEACE project, fundraising for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean, and helping immigrants navigate the citizenship process. She is a founding member of Students Demand Action, a student led organization focused on promoting sensible gun legislation. Soleil is passionate about finding creative ways to empower young people to create change in their communities. Her primary interest areas are working towards curbing gun violence, supporting LGBTQ and immigrant communities, and bringing awareness and action on mental health issues among high school students. In the future, she hopes to study drama therapy at university and build a career in eco-theater.

Julie Ward

Member of the European Parliament, she has co-founded the European Parliament cross-party and crosscommittee intergroup on Children’s Rights. She is also active on a number of other intergroups, including Youth, Disability and LGBTI. She is now on the Labour Party’s Children and Education Policy Commission. She sits on the Citizen’s Panel of Durham University, the executive board of National Drama and is a volunteer for the Institute of Ideas national youth debating competition.

Tymon Radzik

Tymon, 17 years old, lives in Poland. He was one of the nominees of the 2017 International Children’s Peace Prize for his actions to make it easier for children to participate in formal processes. Tymon thinks that children must not be excluded simply because they are children. For him: “if we lived in a world where people listen to each other and are open to each other’s needs, this world would be better and we could all achieve more”.