chapter  7
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How to do it: policies, sensitivities and resources to make participation effective

In this chapter, we move on to consider the practicalities of survivor involvement. Beginning with a brief discussion of power issues in this context, we then consider consultation as part of official, legislative and policy requirements, and the need for sound and concrete policies, whatever type of participation is being considered. We then discuss some of the difficult issues that need to be part of any strategy for user involvement. These include safety, representativeness, diversity issues, and the need for resources and support. The chapter ends by opening up a discussion of what works and what does not, with a particular focus on the limited strategy of inviting individual survivors to attend policy meetings and forums on behalf of other woman, a strategy which we found in our study to be often inappropriate, upsetting and ineffective.