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Our national participation Forums were established in February 2022. The Forums offer continuous support and consultation to strengthen Brook’s offer to our service users. We have provided training and workshops throughout the year, hosted by Brook staff and our Ambassador, Ruby Rare.
In their first year, the 50 members from across the UK have:
Read how Brook has adapted its participation practices to involve adults:
This year we established four local forums:
Brook was awarded a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to improve pornography education in Wales for young people and professionals.
We worked with over 80 young people in 7 schools across Rhondda Cynon Taff and Cardiff to understand how young people want to be taught about pornography. Thanks to their feedback, we’ve updated and improved our pornography education offer. You can read more about the project on our blog.
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The staff were blown away with Brook’s delivery and content and really see how they can inform their working practice”
Members of our national participation forum helped with the successful application of funding to deliver a project that encourages peer support amongst young people. Thanks to Your Best Friend, we co-produced a campaign with 17 young people from across Wales, delivering a series of animations for different age groups on the topic of healthy relationships.
You can explore the animations on our campaigns page.
Brook staff are so friendly and lovely and facilitate the space so well. Everyone was able to share their ideas and they really acknowledged and reflected everyone’s ideas beautifully”
Young person, 23
In 2022, in anticipation of the Online Safety Bill, Brook conducted qualitative research to explore what young people want from technology companies and regulators. We weren’t surprised by their concerns about the security of their data, anonymity, reporting and the lack of responsiveness of tech companies.
It was through this research that Brook became a partner with Childnet and contributed to Safer Internet Day 2023, which focussed on ‘making space for conversations about life online’. We wrote a blog for the Safer Internet Centre about our findings.
The success of the day lies in collaboration, and Brook’s support and partnership in sharing the qualitative data from your focus group has been wonderful”
Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet
In August 22, the Welsh Parliament’s Children, Young People and Education committee published Everybody’s Affected, their report into peer-on-peer sexual harassment in schools. Brook submitted both written and oral evidence to the Committee’s inquiry and we are proud to be referenced throughout this important report.
In 22/23, Brook has advised the Welsh Government as they draft guidance for schools on appropriate ways to provide support for trans and non-binary students.
Next up in ‘Challenging inequality in 2022/23’: