Catherine Birch introduces her research around trauma-informed and consent-based practice.
With trauma-informed and consent-based practice as a theoretical lens, this inquiry aims to determine to what extent Ethno-World has considered issues of trauma, gender and consent.
For example, how are social and cultural boundaries navigated within the parameters set by each Ethno camp? In the daily group warmups, what is the opt-out for someone who is deeply uncomfortable about physical touch? What provision is there for the participant who has reasons why they cannot engage in a particular activity? How is trauma taken into account, or past trauma identified? How does that impact the planning, and facilitation of an Ethno camp?
The inquiry will focus on how good practice is currently implemented into Ethno camps, considering the social and cultural diversity of participants, enabling a safety-net for those who have experienced prior trauma, and providing the wider Ethno-World with a platform for discussion and constructive dialogue around these sensitive issues.