New guides for schools on detecting and preventing abuse – EVAW

As young people and teachers settle into the new school year, the End Violence Against Women Coalition and Rape Crisis South London today (10 September) publish new materials for schools on tackling violence against women and girls, and teaching about sexual consent.

A new End Violence Against Women Coalition guide is designed for school leaders and sets out the different forms of abuse and warning signs to look for, what good teaching in this area looks like, and how to get your whole school working towards ending abuse. The Rape Crisis South London ‘Give’n’Get’ teaching resource uses a series of short films to go in-depth over five inter-linked lessons to build young people’s understanding of sexual consent. It is free to download. The new materials will be officially launched at a Parliamentary event this evening, hosted by Neil Coyle MP and organised in partnership with Peabody and the Children’s Commissioner. At this event teenagers from Neil Coyle’s constituency in South London will talk about their views and experiences of young relationships, social media, sexting and more, and how they think policy makers should address these. The new materials are published as a BBC Freedom of Information investigation recently revealed that the police record on average 200 rapes and around 1,800 sexual assaults in schools every year, and as children’s charities publish a new report showing that children with learning disabilities are subject to high levels of sexual exploitation, but receive little education on abuse, nor support or protection when they are at risk. The End Violence Against Women Coalition 13pp guide has three parts. The first includes definitions, prevalence rates, warning signs and links on all forms of abuse of women and girls (including domestic and sexual violence, child sexual exploitation, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, online abuse, sexual harassment and stalking). The second looks at ‘Gold Standard Sex and Relationships Education’ principles; and the third sets out what a ‘whole school approach’ to tackling abuse looks like – high level leadership, teacher training, parental involvement, making links with local support services, and SRE (1). The first part, available separately as a Factsheet, was first published at the end of 2014 and was endorsed by Secretary of State Nicky Morgan at the time who said,

“As both Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women I am wholly committed to tackling violence against women and girls.  Recent events have brought into sharp focus the crucial importance of teaching young people to understand the abuse women and girls can face and where they can get support.

“Ensuring young people receive good quality relationship education which teaches the importance of respect and mutual consent should be at the heart of this and the new factsheet from the End Violence Against Women Coalition helps to highlight the importance of this issue to teachers.”

The EVAW guide is here and Rape Crisis teaching resource is here.

Notes:

  1. This work relies heavily on AVA’s development of the ‘whole school approach’ model available on AVA’s ‘prevention platform’ at www.preventionplatform.co.uk

Press Release at http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/news/214/new-guides-for-schools-on-detecting-and-preventing-abuse

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