At Researching Reform we are in love with all things Kiddy, so when the very kind and hugely accomplished The Small Places, a blog started by Lucy Series, who is a socio-legal researcher with a PhD in Law, in hand and a special interest in legal capacity (amongst other things community care and human rights based) shared VIPER with us, we jumped at the chance to read all about it, and share it with you, too.
VIPER, which stands for Voice.Inclusion.Participation.Empowerment.Research, is a lottery funded three-year project designed to examine and improve young disabled people’s participation in decision-making about local services.
There are some great organisations working with VIPER, like The Children’s Society and the research looks thorough and very interesting. And being reptile fans here at RR, we absolutely love that they’ve chosen to make their acronym that of a snake – not only does the name pack a punch, as a real viper might do if treated badly, but it also helps to highlight the need to remove the stigma of the unfamiliar or frightening and to learn to be inclusive and embracing of difference. Not sure if that was intended, but that’s what our over-active imaginations got from it!
Awesome project, which we will look forward to reading more about. Once again, a very big thank you to Lucy for so kindly sharing this organisation with us.