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National Survivor Engagement Framework

National Survivor Engagement Framework

The purpose of a National Survivor Engagement Framework is to ensure that the needs and experiences of survivors of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence, including the most marginalised survivors, those who face multiple disadvantage in accessing help and support, are understood. It is also important that those for whom policy is made, are able to influence and guide that policy and share what works for them.

What is required?

A sustainable, national, formal survivor engagement framework is required to ensure that survivors, witnesses and affected others inform and influence Government work related to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence in Wales.

The survivor engagement framework must (as a minimum):

  • include a wide variety of survivors, witnesses and affected others, including representation across the protected characteristics and those with complex, multi-faceted needs;
  • be a continuous process that creates dialogue between Government, survivors, witnesses and affected others of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence;
  • provide full geographical representation across Wales;
  • generate formal inputs and outputs that are measurable; and
  • integrate with existing citizen engagement work, such as that of “Young Wales” or the Older People’s Commissioner. 

The Welsh Government has a genuine commitment to the importance of survivor engagement in informing and shaping our work. The role of survivors in the development of policy work this year has been invaluable and we are determined to continue working closely with survivors across Wales in the development of a national sustainable survivor engagement framework.

Proposal – A National Survivor Engagement Framework Summary of responses

This document summarises the responses to the consultation questions and has informed proposed models of work to take forward the establishment of a sustainable national survivor engagement framework.

Our proposed next steps set out an approach which will increase our understanding of how best to work with different groups of survivors to enable their participation in a national survivor engagement panel. This will deliver two main activities:

  • improving representation of future survivor engagement by undertaking primary research with those survivor groups who are under-represented in the findings from previous survivor engagement work; and
  • a small scale pilot for a national survivor engagement panel. 
This will ensure that we have the best possible processes in place for hearing a diverse range of voices through a national framework. 

We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond to the consultation. Your views have been important in informing the decision-making process. We are very grateful to everyone for their contributions.