About Project deSHAME

Project deSHAME is a collaboration between Childnet (UK), Kek Vonal (Hungary), Save the Children (Denmark) and UCLan (UK), co-financed by the EU.

It aims to increase reporting of online sexual harassment among minors and improve multi-sector cooperation in preventing and responding to this behaviour.

It will achieve this by empowering local communities, including schools and police, to work together to deliver effective preventative interventions, to increase reporting among young people and to respond effectively and sensitively when young people do report.

In close consultation with young people, professionals, industry and policymakers, Project deSHAME will improve understanding and raise awareness of online sexual harassment, an emerging area of gendered violence against children.

This project has developed a range of education, training and awareness materials as well as practical tools for multi-sector prevention and response strategies. This toolkit is called 'Step Up, Speak Up!' The project will transfer this learning to other European countries and partners worldwide in order to promote young people’s digital rights.

The project is centred on close collaboration with young people, and the project partners have convened a Youth Advisory Board in each of the three countries who will advise and consult on every stage of the project. Similarly, to ensure consultation with a wide range of experts, there is also an Expert Advisory Board in each country consisting of industry, teachers, government, police, charities and other key stakeholders

There will be four key strands to this project and it will be concluded by June 2019.

  1. 1. Improving understanding of online sexual harassment among teenagers and identifying effective multi-sector strategies for preventing and responding to this issue through a cross-country comparative analysis, including qualitative and quantitative research with young people, case study analysis, needs-assessment of key stakeholders and collation of good practices.
  2. 2. Developing, implementing and evaluating effective awareness raising activities co-created with young people to encourage young people to report online sexual harassment. This will include delivering a youth-created campaign and associated educational and campaign materials.
  3. 3. Developing practical guides and tools to enable professionals from multiple sectors to effectively collaborate to prevent and respond to peer-to-peer online sexual harassment. This will include practical training tools for teachers and police.
  4. 4. Promoting cross-border cooperation and mutual learning through dissemination activities to share the project’s tools and methods with other countries including key events and establishing a network to enable continued knowledge-sharing about this emerging issue throughout the project and beyond.

If you would like to find out more about Project deSHAME please contact Maithreyi Rajeshkumar on [email protected]

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