None in Three is being implemented though a unique partnership between three research centres at the University of Huddersfield (UK) and the Sweet Water Foundation (Grenada).The relationship between these two institutions has existed since 2007 and is based on a shared commitment to empowerment-based public health approaches to the prevention of child sexual abuse and to addressing all forms of gender-based violence. This symbiotic relationship means that the Foundation is able to access research expertise so that the NGO's work is underpinned by rigorous research and evaluation frameworks. In reciprocal fashion the Foundation enhances the work of the university by translating research findings into meaningful interventions, training and programmes for victims of abuse and those who engage in abuse behaviours. The University of Huddersfield can be said therefore to function as the research arm of the Sweet Water Foundation while Sweet Water provides the practice location for testing the benefits and application of research. The relationship is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which has led to several joint initiatives, including collaborative training programmes, research projects and publications.

The Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research

The Centre was established in 1991 by child protection expert Professor Nigel Parton. Its most recent former Director is Professor Adele Jones (2007-14) and the current Director is Professor Barry Percy-Smith. The Centre is a dynamic space for innovation in thinking and practice, contributing to policy in response to current issues affecting children, youth and families. These include domestic violence, child abuse, child and family health problems, social exclusion of young people and the improvement of services and support for children and families. The Centre comprises an interdisciplinary team of highly regarded academics from across the University drawn from areas including social work, health, social policy, sociology, political science, psychology and education. We have undertaken a wide range of research, evaluation and development projects, working with a variety of local, national and international partners. These have included the EU FP7 COPING project concerning the needs of children of imprisoned parents, UNICEF projects to inform National Action Plans on child sexual abuse (both of which were led by Prof Jones), a European-wide evaluation of children's participation for the European Commission and a portfolio of local and national evaluations. Staff at the Centre are committed to producing research that makes a difference, this means the work is child focused, practice based, policy relevant and has real-world impact. A primary objective of the Centre is to create opportunities for dialogue, learning and reflection with stakeholders and build capacity for change in organisations, communities and public service systems. Current research is focused around six areas:

  • Abuse and interpersonal relationships
  • Child and family health and wellbeing
  • Child and family migration
  • Families and intergenerational relationships
  • Young people, participation and active citizenship
  • Evaluation, involvement and service improvement

Innovative Design Lab

Innovative Design Lab is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Huddersfield led by Professor Minhua Eunice Ma. The lab conducts theory based and applied research generally into product design, and especially in the built environment, pushing the impact of design thinking and practice to new areas. It cuts across the areas of serious games, architectural design, construction management, interior design, new product development, engineering, social sciences and healthcare.

Our research focuses on solving real world problems through design innovation, mobilising the underlying theories as well as the enabling processes and technologies needed to deliver value to users and the society at large. Our research is developed closely with diverse public and private sector organisations to propose novel solutions to design challenges and project based problems.

The Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU)

The Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU) at the University is devoted to the development and application of advanced quantitative methods and modelling methodologies to diverse issues and topics in health and social sciences and various other fields of inquiry. The Unit is led by Dr Daniel Boduszek and aims to meet the need for the provision of high quality training and support in advanced multivariate statistical modelling in a latent variable framework. Its objectives are to:

  • Provide high quality training and support in advanced multivariate statistical modelling in a latent variable framework to non-statisticians
  • Provide a series of courses addressing state of the art analytical techniques without mathematical procedures
  • Provide training in Mplus, Amos, R, and SPSS
  • Increase awareness of current developments in quantitative statistical analysis of human and social science data (e.g., application of propensity score analysis)
  • Provide statistical consultancies for research centres in the UK and worldwide

The Sweet Water Foundation

The Sweet Water Foundation was established in 2008 by co-founder Dr Hazel Da Breo who is now its Executive Director, and by Linda J. Butler. The organisation is incorporated both in Toronto (Sweet Water Foundation) and in Grenada (Sweet Water Foundation Grenada) where its office and staff are based. The Foundation's primary target population is victims of child sexual abuse, and women and children at risk of sexual exploitation in the Caribbean. The organisation provides therapies direct to abuse survivors and training and consultancy in therapeutic interventions to professionals. The Foundation has developed a framework for the delivery of several programmes and services which comprise an amalgamation of three methodological frameworks.

  • A social ecological model which considers the complex interplay between individual, relationship, community and societal factors, as a means to identify and address the factors that put people at risk for experiencing or perpetrating sexual violence.
  • Secondly, a public health preventative approach in which the ultimate goal is to stop violence before it begins.
  • Thirdly, the psychodynamic psychotherapeutic tradition, which provides healings for child victims of sexual abuse, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and also for the perpetrators of violence.
Among the projects the Foundation has developed are:
  • Project R.I.S.E, a 16-week group psychotherapy programme for adolescent girls who have experienced or been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Individual psychotherapy sessions for the mothers or female guardians of participants of R.I.S.E, who themselves may be struggling with issues of inter-generational abuse within their families.
  • Circles of Safety - a project developed with Stop it Now! (US) which builds capacity through training and coaching of adults from a range of educational contexts about how to prevent child sexual abuse.
  • A Help-line for those with harmful sexual behaviours and attitudes towards children.
The Sweet Water Foundation further distinguishes itself by the emphasis it places on research, writing, and the development of a body of knowledge and evidence, in regards to what works best in a Caribbean context, in the prevention and healing of child sexual abuse.