Changing Attitudes Towards Dating Violence in Adolescents (CAVA)
European Commission DG Justice Daphne III Transnational Action Grant
Serious Games Institute, UK; University West, Sweden; Friedrich Alexander University's Innovation and Learning Institute, Erlangen, Germany; Catholic University College Limbourg, Belgium.
CAVA is a part financed EU DAPHNE III project that focused on Changing Attitudes to Dating Violence in Adolescents through the use of an immersive and engaging video game (as the central learning object), designed to appeal to young people. The project started in February 2011 and ended in February 2013. The video game is considered the first of its kind in Europe according to research by the Serious Games Institute in the UK (part of Coventry University).
The CAVA project has delivered impact by increasing the awareness and initiated a debate among EU directorate, teachers, parents, adolescents and practitioners about how to address the issue. In addition, the development of a research-based serious game has provided a novel intervention for teachers and curriculum authorities.
Nature of the Impact and Evidence: The ‘Changing Attitudes to dating Violence in Adolescents’ project has raised awareness of adolescent dating violence and the potential application of serious games for prevention at eight international practitioner events in March, April, September and November 2012, January 2013 and July 2013 with a combined audience of 700 social work, psychology and education practitioners and EU policy makers. Two UK events were held in June 2012 with delegates attending who represented education and community safety organisations. In Sweden considerable media attention was drawn to the project in October 2012 with the project featuring in a 30-minute prime time national news item. In 2013 the game was integrated within a cross-curriculum information technology platform which is being used by all schools within Belgium. The project has raised awareness in teachers, practitioners and children, and wider society in the UK and Europe and has been commended by Ms Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women at a meeting held in Brussels on June 21st 2011, due to its focus on prevention rather than intervention after violence has occurred. In addition, Mr Sergej Kopadek, advisor to DG Education in the EU, praised the project for raising awareness of the issue as well as adopting a highly innovative technological solution to primary intervention at a meeting held in Brussels on January 30th 2013. At the same meeting Ms Collette Dutroy, Director of the EU Observatory on Violence Against Women, also supported the project and particularly its emphasis on prevention which is viewed as of utmost importance in combating violence in relationships.
Co-Creating Welfare (CCW)
The project is funded by Erasmus+, the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport, and involves partners in Denmark, France and Portugal. As this is all about co-creation, we have practiced what we preach and have been talking to people working in welfare from the beginning and will continue to gather feedback along the way. We hope that with our help, welfare organisations across Europe will start putting these methods into action. Everyone should be involved together as a team from the beginning and all the way through.
Coventry Young Researchers 2018
Coventry Young Researchers will run from the 6th August to the 10th Aug 2017, and is open to children aged between 6 to 12 years old. Children will take part in a wide range of psychology, brain and behavioural science experiments and activities, all of which are designed to help them learn about psychology in a way that is fun and engaging. They will also be helping the research group to learn more about the way that young people learn and think.
Criminal Justice and Violence Across the Lifespan Conference
The Criminal Justice and Violence Across the Lifespan conference will be of interest to academics, law enforcement agencies, students, government and non-government organisations sharing an interest on diverse ways in which violence intersects with the criminal justice system.
Evening Conversations on Being Human: The Good Death
This event is part of a series of Evening Conversations open to anyone interested in debating science and its impact on society. Join us for an evening of discussion where scientists and religious and humanist leaders will discuss whether there is such a thing as a “good death”. Open to everyone.